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Beyond Westlessness? Reflections on the MSC Special Edition 2021

While the Munich Security Conference 2021 has to be postponed and will take place later this year, there will be an MSC Special Edition assembling some of the world’s most senior decision-makers for a TV broadcast on 19 February 2021. This event is the first in a number of virtual high-level events that will prepare the ground for the MSC 2021.

Staying true to the Hertie School tradition of hosting a post-MSC discussion to reflect on the speeches and debates in Munich, Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Senior Professor of Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice as well as Founding Director of the Hertie School’s Centre for International Security, and Lisa Marie Ullrich, Director of Programs and Member of the Board of Directors at the Munich Security Conference, will share their main takeaways from the MSC Special Edition in this online event. The event is chaired by Marina Henke, Professor of International Relations at the Hertie School and Director of the Centre for International Security.

This event is hosted by the Centre for International Security.


Wolfgang Ischinger is Senior Professor of Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School and Founding Director of the school’s Centre for International Security. He has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008. From 2006 to 2008, he was Germany’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and from 2001 to 2006, he was Ambassador to the United States. Ischinger previously held a wide range of diplomatic and policymaking positions, including State Secretary (Deputy Foreign Minister, 1998-2001). In 2007, he served as the EU representative in the Troika negotiations on Kosovo. In 2014, he was the representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the National Dialogue Roundtables in Ukraine before serving as Chairman of the OSCE-mandated Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project in 2015. He studied at the universities of Bonn and Geneva, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Harvard Law School.

Lisa Marie Ullrich is Director of Programs and Member of the Board of Directors at the Munich Security Conference. Previously, she headed the office of MSC Chairman Ambassador Ischinger. Before joining the MSC, Lisa Marie Ullrich gained practical experience as a Carlo Schmid Fellow at the UNICEF MENA Regional Office in Amman, the UNICEF Headquarters in New York, the German Federal Foreign Office’s Middle East division, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s regional program Gulf States in Abu Dhabi, and ZDF German Television. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Dresden & Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School and Georgetown University. 


Marina Henke is Professor of International Relations at the Hertie School. She researches and publishes on military interventions, peacekeeping, and European security and defense policy. Before joining the Hertie School, she was an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, specialising in international relations and at Princeton University where she was a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Henke holds a PhD in Politics and Public Policy from Princeton University, a Double-MS in Development Studies and International Political Economy from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics, Politics and Latin American Studies from Sciences Po Paris.

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