Alexis Tsipras in Munich, for the Security Conference

Alexis Tsipras in Munich, for the Security Conference

Tsipras and Zaev to be awarded the Ewald von Kleist Award

From February 15 to 17, more than 600 high level international decision-makers will once again meet at the 55th Munich Security Conference (MSC). Chaired by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, these leaders in the fields of politics, business, academia and civil society will discuss current crises and future security challenges.

In times of resurgent great power rivalry and an international order that has come under pressure, the MSC 2019, is seeking common solutions, in particular, the European Union’s self-assertion, transatlantic cooperation as well as possible consequences of a renewed era of great power competition are high on the agenda.

Additionally, experts from across the globe will discuss the future of arms control and cooperation in defence policy. The intersection between trade and international security will be examined, as will the effects of climate change and technological innovations on the international security.

The Munich Security Conference will be attended by more than 35 heads of state and government, 50 Foreign Ministers and 30 Defence Ministers. Among those to participate from Germany will be, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmeier, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, from the United State, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan as well as Nancy Pelosi. The American delegation is one of the largest that has participated in the Conference. Other prominent figures to take part are Afghan President M. Ashraf Ghani, Egyptian President Abdal Fattah al-Sisi, the member of the 19th Political Office of the CC of China Yang Jieshi, Federica Mogherini from the EU, NATO SG Jens Stoltenberg, Christine Lagarde from the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva from the World Bank, Thomas Greminger Secretary of the OSCE, Chile Eboe-Osuji from the International Criminal Court, Jurgen Stock from Interpol, and others.

Among the Foreign Ministers, the conference will be attended by Mohammad Zarif from Iran, Mohamed Ali Al-Hakim from Iraq, Al Thani from Qatar, Sergey Lavrov from Russia. The Defence Ministers from Great Britain Gavin Williamson, France Florence Parly, Canada Harjit Sajjan, and Turkey Hulusi Akar will also attend.

Ewald von Kleist Award

On the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev will be honored with the Ewald von Kleist Award, an award named after the founder of the Munich Security Conference.

The award, which has been first introduced in 2009, is awarded to honour leading security policy figures who have made a significant contribution to the international management of Peace and conflicts. Henry Kissinger (2009), Javier Solana (2010), Joseph Lieberman (2012), Brent Scowcroft (2013), Helmut Schmidt and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (2014), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (2015), Christiana Figueres and Laurent Fabius (2016), Joachim Gauck (2017), John McCain (2018), were the personalities and institutions who have been honoured with this award in the past.

Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference has evolved into a world community’s leading forum in international Security policy./IBNA