Lessons from the Munich Security Conference 2023

In this episode, Matthias Catón speaks with Sophie Eisentraut about the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the world’s leading forum for debating international security policy. The episode investigates the effectiveness and relevance of multilateral dialogues from a broader perspective and the trends we can see in the future of international cooperation.

Matthias and Sophie compare their experiences with Matthias’ attendance at the Raisina Dialogue in March 2023 and Sophie’s involvement in the MSC. Sophie shares her insights on changing moods at the MSC, in comparison to previous years, and highlights the importance of dialogue in response to a changing international order. Naturally, Matthias and Sophie apply these thoughts to various countries and geographical regions, including Russia and China; and further discuss the rising voices of non-aligned countries, swing states, and middle powers. The episode overarchingly brings in the mindset of ‘revision versus re-envisioning’; the Munich Security Report 2023 title.

About the guest

Dr. Sophie Eisentraut

Dr. Sophie Eisentraut is Head of Research & Publications at the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the world’s leading forum for debating international security policy. In this capacity, she authors and edits MSC publications on a wide range of security challenges – conventional and emerging concerns.

Before joining the MSC in 2018, Sophie was a transatlantic post-doctoral fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Washington, DC, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) in Helsinki, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, researching the legitimacy and reform of international organizations, challenges to effective multilateral cooperation that arise from the (re)emergence of non-Western powers, and strategies applied by authoritarian regimes that contest liberal-democratic norms within global institutions. Sophie holds a Ph.D. in political science and a master’s in international relations from Freie Universität Berlin.

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