Wolfgang Ischinger at the 50th Munich Security Conference, 2014
|Chair of the Munich Security Conference|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Horst Teltschik|
|German Ambassador to the Court of St. James|
March 2006 – June 2008
|Preceded by||Thomas Matussek|
|Succeeded by||Georg Boomgaarden|
|German Ambassador to the United States|
June 2001 – March 2006
|Preceded by||Jürgen Chrobog|
|Succeeded by||Klaus Scharioth|
Wolfgang Friedrich Ischinger
April 6, 1946
Beuren, Esslingen, West Germany
|Alma mater||University of Bonn, University of Geneva, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy|
Wolfgang Friedrich Ischinger (born April 6, 1946) is a German diplomat. From 2001 to 2006, he was the German ambassador to the United States, and from 1998 to 2001, he was Staatssekretär (Deputy Foreign Minister) in Berlin. He was Germany's ambassador to the Court of St. James's (the United Kingdom) from 2006 to May, 2008. Ambassador Ischinger has been the chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008, succeeding Horst Teltschik. He was also Global Head of Government Relations of Allianz SE from March 2008 until December 2014. He serves on the supervisory board of Allianz Deutschland AG, on the European Advisory Board of Investcorp (London/New York) and on the governing board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. He has been described as "Germany's best-connected former diplomat".
Early life and education
Ischinger was born in Beuren, Baden-Württemberg, near Stuttgart, Germany. In 1963–64, he was an American Field Service foreign exchange student in Watseka, Illinois, where he graduated from the local high school in June 1964. After German Abitur, Ischinger studied law at the University of Bonn, Germany and the University of Geneva, Switzerland and obtained his law degree in 1972. He earned a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1973.
From 1973 to 1975, Ischinger served on the staff of the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York. He joined the German Foreign Service in 1975, and has served in Washington, D.C., Paris, and in a number of senior functions in the German Foreign Office. From 1993 to 1995, Ischinger was director of the Policy Planning Staff under Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel; from 1995 to 1998, as director general for political affairs (political director), Ischinger participated in a number of international negotiating processes, including the Bosnia Peace Talks at Dayton, Ohio, the negotiations concerning the NATO-Russia Founding Act, as well as the negotiations on EU and NATO enlargement and on the Kosovo crisis.
As Staatssekretär (deputy foreign minister) under Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer between 1998 and 2001, Ischinger represented Germany at numerous international and European conferences, including the 1999 G8 and EU summit meetings in Cologne/Germany and the 2000 Review Conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty at the United Nations, New York.
In 2007, Ischinger was the European Union Representative in the Troika negotiations on the future of Kosovo, which ended up leading to the declaration of independence of Kosovo and the recognition of Kosovo by most EU member countries, the United States, and a number of other countries, in February, 2008. Reportedly, Ischinger entered the talks "with only one goal and idea: for Kosovo to become independent in the end, with the Serbian authority's willing consent".
- Investcorp, member of the international advisory board
- American Academy in Berlin, member of the board of trustees
- American Institute for Contemporary Germany Studies, member of the board of trustees
- AFS Germany (American Field Service), member of the board
- Atlantic Council of the United States, member of the board
- Atlantik-Brücke, member of the board
- Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik (BAPP), member of the board of trustees
- Club of Three, member of the steering group
- Council on Public Policy Berlin, member of the board
- Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik (BAKS), member of the board
- EastWest Institute, member of the board
- Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, board of overseers
- German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), member of the council
- German-Polish-Ukrainian Society (GPUS), member of the advisory board
- Global Zero Commission, Member
- Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), member of the governing board
- Turkey: Culture of Change Initiative (TCCI), member of the advisory board
- Walther Rathenau Institute, member of the advisory board
- World Economic Forum (WEF), member of the Global Future Council on the Future of International Security
- International Crisis Group (ICG), member of the board of trustees (-2018)
Since 2011, Ischinger also acts as advisor to Fair Observer on global politics and security topics.
- 2018 – Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security
- 2010 – Order of Merit of Baden-Württemberg
- 2009 – Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- 2008 – Leo Baeck Medal (Leo Baeck Institute) for humanitarian work promoting tolerance and social justice (awarded by James D. Wolfensohn and Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke)
Ischinger is married to Jutta Falke, a journalist and writer, and the couple have one child. Ischinger also has two children from a previous marriage with Barbara Ischinger (born 1949). Before departing from Berlin to Washington, D.C., in 2001, Jutta Falke-Ischinger was the Berlin bureau chief of the German weekly "Rheinischer Merkur".
- "Governing Board". Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- J.C. "An interview with Wolfgang Ischinger". The Economist. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
- "Former PM: I had no mandate to tear Serbia apart". B92.net. Retrieved 2020-03-14.
- The German Marshall Fund and Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung Launch “Transatlantic Task Force” Setting Path Forward for U.S.-Europe Relations German Marshall Fund, press release of December 12, 2019.
- Board of Trustees American Academy in Berlin
- "Board of Trustees". AICGS. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
- Board of Directors Atlantik-Brücke.
- Board of Trustees Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik (BAPP).
- Steering Group Club of Three.
- Advisory Board German-Polish-Ukrainian Society (GPUS).
- Governing Board Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
- Advisory Board Turkey: Culture of Change Initiative (TCCI).
- Advisory Board Walther Rathenau Institute.
- Global Future Council: The Future of International Security World Economic Forum.
- Board of Trustees International Crisis Group (ICG).
-  Advisor List of Fair Observer
- Nunn-Lugar Award Honors German Peacemaker Carnegie Endowment, press release of February 17, 2018.