The world in danger: Germany and Europe in uncertain times

Discussion with Wolfgang Ischinger and Mark Leonard

In the new book by Wolfgang Ischinger, Welt in Gefahr: Deutschland und Europa in unsicheren Zeiten (The world in danger: Germany and Europe in uncertain times, ullsteinbuchverlage 2018), Ischinger outlines his vision for Europe to ensure stability and security amid global challenges to peace and freedom. With 65 million refugees worldwide today, the threat of conflict between major powers, the withdrawal of the United States from its traditional role as custodian of the world order and as Europe’s reliable partner, what responsibility do Germany and Europe have today? At this book presentation, join us as Wolfgang Ischinger and Mark Leonard, co-founder and director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, discuss how the EU can speak with one voice, become a respected actor on the world stage and take a strong stance in representing the interests of 500 million EU citizens. Hosted by the Centre for International Security Policy (CISP) at the Hertie School.


Wolfgang Ischinger is Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School and Director of the school’s Centre for International Security Policy (CISP). 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.


Mark Leonard is co-founder and director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the first pan-European think tank. He writes a syndicated column on global affairs for Project Syndicate. He served as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geoeconomics until 2016. Previously he worked as director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform and as director of the Foreign Policy Centre, a think tank he founded at the age of 24 under the patronage of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has spent time in Washington DC as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and in Beijing as a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences.


Henrik Enderlein is President and Professor of Political Economy at the Hertie School as well as Director of the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin.

In cooperation with the European Council on Foreign Relations.