Wolfgang Ischinger

AICGS Trustee

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger is Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and a member of the AGI Board of Trustees.

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The New Germany: An interview with Wolfgang Ischinger

Wolfgang Ischinger knows German foreign policy. He was the country’s deputy foreign minister from 1998 to 2001. He was its ambassador to Washington from 2001 to 2006. Then he spent …

Missing a Chance, Again

In this article from the Berlin Policy Journal, AGI Trustee Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger calls for Europe to demonstrate its leadership and a common foreign policy in ending the civil war …

Wir brauchen das Militär

As the magnitude of the refugee crisis becomes ever more apparent, Wolfgang Ischinger, head of the Munich Security Conference and an AGI Trustee, weighs in on the steps Europe and …

Restoring Transatlantic Trust

Trust is above all other elements in international diplomacy, and the host of leaked U.S. electronic surveillance programs have sunk German-American relations lower than during the crisis over the Iraq …

Raised expectations: The Berlin Republic and its ability to act internationally

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger speaks to the future of German foreign and security policy with light on Germany’s responsibilities in the international community. Chairman of the Munich Security Conference as well …

Gestiegene Erwartungen: Die Berliner Republik und ihre internationale Handlungsfähigkeit

Botschafter Wolfgang Ischinger ist Vorsitzender der Münchener Sicherheitskonferenz sowie Mitglied des AGI Kuratorium. Seine Rede „Hauptstadtrede“, die er am 26. September bei einer Veranstaltung der Stiftung Zukunft Berlin im Allianz …

Syrian Hell: Why We Must Not Forget the Lessons from Bosnia

This essay by AICGS Trustee Wolfgang Ischinger argues that recent memory of Afghanistan and Iraq mislead expectations from more analogous conflicts, such as Bosnia in 1995, and that this “Problem from Hell” is, again, no excuse to ignore the already weak norm of Responsibility to Protect.

Germans Love Europe, but Not the Euro

In a recent Op-Ed from the New York Times entitled Germans Love Europe, but Not the Euro, former German Ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Ischinger explains how Germany’s reluctance to fully embrace the euro, along with their love of the status quo, has led to their slow efforts at fixing the Union’s crisis. For Chancellor Merkel to lead Europe out of this crisis, she will need to convince Germany that any rescue measures are not simply for the currency, but for the future of the entire Union.

A Love Affair with the Status Quo

The German people have developed a preference for the status quo, writes AICGS Trustee and former German Ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Ischinger. The world is fundamentally changing, yet German politicians are responding passively in concert with the status quo preference, a shortsighted view that does nothing but harm future generations of Germans and Europeans, Ischinger argues. This essay originally appeared in the July 6, 2011, edition of Der Spiegel.