Ambassador Ischinger is Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC). He also serves on the London. He served as Deputy Foreign Minister (State Secretary) of Germany from 1998 to 2001. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Federal Republic of Germany's Ambassador in London and from 2001 to 2006 in Washington, D.C. In 2007, he represented the European Union in the Troika negotiations on the future of Kosovo. In 2014, he served as the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-In-Office promoting national dialogue in the Ukrainian crisis. He currently chairs the OSCE “Eminent Persons Panel on European Security”. The panel is mandated to offer recommendations on how to build a more resilient architecture of European security.
Wolfgang Ischinger studied law at the universities of Bonn and Geneva and obtained his law degree in 1972. He did graduate and postgraduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at Harvard Law School, Cambridge/USA (M.A., 1973). Ambassador Ischinger has published widely on foreign and security policy as well as on European and transatlantic issues. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and of the Governing Board of SIPRI, Stockholm. He also serves on the Boards of the Atlantic Council of the U. S., of the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), of the American Academy, Berlin and of SWP, Berlin. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Tübingen and will start teaching as a Senior Professor at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin in 2015.