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Dr. Peter Tauber, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defense, Federal Republic of Germany, Loisach Group Meeting in Munich, 17 February 2019 (DoD photo by German Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Winkler/RELEASED).

The sixth Loisach Group Meeting took place on Sunday, 17 February 2019 at the Munich Security Conference in Munich. Over the course of the last five decades, the Munich Security Conference has developed into the world’s leading forum for debate on international security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 450 senior decision-makers and thought leaders from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future challenges. Repeatedly rated as the “Best Think Tank Conference” in the world, the Munich Security Conference provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discuss policy at the highest level in a protected and informal space. 

The Loisach Group is an established collaboration between the Munich Security Conference and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. It aims to strengthen partnership between the United States and Germany by bringing together a small group of leading security policy experts to discuss pressing transatlantic security issues. Since its first meeting in 2017, the Loisach Group has facilitated open and frank discussions on some of the most pressing security challenges the United States and Germany are facing, trying to pave the way for even closer cooperation and coordination between the two countries.

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The Loisach Group gathers at the U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., 14 November 2018.

The Loisach Group, a collaborative platform that was established in 2017 to support the bilateral strategic dialogue between Germany and the United States, conducted its fifth meeting in Washington D.C. from 13 – 15 November 2018.

The event brought together a small group of leading security policy experts and practitioners at the Pentagon and State Department to discuss transatlantic defense and security issues.

The meeting provided an opportunity for participants to exchange views about some of the most pressing security challenges currently facing the United States and German in a very open, frank, and friendly atmosphere.

While the opinions and attitudes of the Loisach Group’s members vary, the overarching objective of this forum is to establish a more cohesive and cooperative transatlantic partnership. 

The participants firmly believe that Germany and the U.S. share common interests and that these interests are best served by pursuing common strategic solutions as Germany and the U.S. are always stronger together than divided.

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Ambassador Dr. Hans-Dieter Lucas, permanent representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO, talks about the upcoming NATO Summit 2018 to the participants of the Loisach Group The Representation of the State of Bavaria June 20 here. For more photos, visit the Marshall Center Photo Gallery. (DOD photo by Christine June)

By Christine June
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

BERLIN (June 25, 2018) – The Munich Security Conference and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies’ Loisach Group discussed priorities and deliverables ahead of the NATO Summit 2018 during a meeting held June 20 and 21 at the Robert Bosch Foundation here.

“Our intent is to provide senior leaders with the results of our work to help guide their discussions when they meet in Brussels in July 11 and 12,” said Dr. Jack Clarke, the Marshall Center’s lead professor for the Loisach Group.

Enhancing the German and U.S. Partnership

The Loisach Group is a partnership created by the Marshall Center and the Munich Security Conference in August 2017. Clarke said the group focuses on enhancing the security partnership between the U.S. and Germany while promoting an enduring strategic dialogue between these partners.

“Loisach Group meetings is where we can talk about different opinions in open and frank discussions with a mixture of U.S. and European academic professionals, and civilian and military practitioners in an international atmosphere,” said retired German army Brig. Gen. Johann Berger, Marshall Center’s German deputy director. “We try in friendship, which the United States and Germany has had for more than 70 years, to come to grips with and find out possible results for current security challenges facing this partnership of the transatlantic alliance.”

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MUNICH (Feb. 19, 2018) – Commander of the German Army Lt. Gen. Jörg Vollmer participates in the panel discussion on the state of the German and U.S. strategic dialogue as part of the Loisach Group’s side event at the Munich Security Conference here Feb. 19. The Loisach Group is a collaboration between the Munich Security Conference and George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, based in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Marshall Center photo by Christine June)

By Christine June
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

MUNICH (Feb. 22, 2018) – Just in the past five years, events like the Annexation of Crimea and political changes in the U.S. and Europe have some officials and members of civil society publicly voicing their concerns about the strength of the transatlantic alliance, even right down to the “backbone.”

Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger referred to the German-American partnership as the “backbone” of the transatlantic alliance, and of the conference. He was speaking to members of the Loisach Group after their eight-hour, side event at the Munich Security Conference held here Feb. 19.



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Sunday 18 February 2018 


At the Munich Security Conference 2018, the LOISACH GROUP will host a roundtable discussion engaging senior German and American leaders, jour­nalists and academics to further strengthen the strategic dialogue by discussing the stra­tegic lessons identified by the MSC 2018 for the security partnership and then seeking to translate these lessons into practical steps to deepen the dialogue.

Loisach Group

By Christine June and Josh Southworth

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, Dec. 11, 2017 — The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the Munich Security Conference’s Loisach Group met here Dec. 5-7 to discuss transatlantic policy solutions focused on Russia.

Invited national security experts and Marshall Center faculty evaluated the extent to which current U.S. and German policies toward Russia are coherent and structured to reduce tension between Russia and the West, officials said.

The group looked to identify U.S. and German collaborative approaches to diverse challenges such as the Ukraine, cybersecurity and Arctic security, officials explained, as well as ways to overcome or mitigate current disagreements among the transatlantic partners.

Foundation of the Loisach Group

The Marshall Center and the Munich Security Conference created a partnership in August to commit to mutual cooperation in the European security dialogue, leading to establishment of the Loisach Group, which seeks to provide U.S. and German defense policymakers with sound recommendations on deterring Russian aggression and building a constructive relationship with Moscow.

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies “The Hinge of History”

Remarks By Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, June 28, 2017

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George C. Marshall Center European Center Director, U.S. Army retired Lt. Gen Keith Dayton (left), and the chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, hold up a memorandum of understanding they signed together at the Center on Aug. 24, 2017. The two organizations agree to work together to strengthen the understanding of national security challenges in Eurasia and across the world, while promoting strategies to improve coordination among partner nations. Areas of cooperation include research, program coordination and the exchange of subject matter experts. (Marshall Center photo by KarlHeinz Wedhorn)

Thank you Keith, old friend.

Minister von der Leyen, there’s probably no one who I would rather be here with today than my esteemed fellow minister, the first minister to call on me after I had the surprise of being assigned to this job, I might add.

Thank you again for making the trip to Washington. But I would also say that there’s a connection between us: we did not sit down and write our speeches together, yet as I was listening to her and nodding to myself I thought, ‘My gosh, I’m going to bore everybody with the same themes you just heard.’

But Madam Mayor, thank you for all of the hospitality that all of us receive when we come to this beautiful corner of the world. It is absolutely a stunning place to visit.