“The Forgotten Sea? How Geostrategy and Security Meets History in the Baltic Sea Area”

Photo: MSC/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

History & Politics Roundtable:
Munich Security Conference 2023

The current geostrategic and security policy challenges in the Baltic Sea region were the focus of a background discussion at the 59th Munich Security Conference (MSC) on February 18th 2023. Around 20 international experts from the field of politics, history, diplomacy and think tanks took part in the discussion. The Roundtable was jointly organized by the Körber History Forum and the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University.

Who will take the regional leadership role in the Baltic Sea? How can Germany reassure the Baltic states and restore trust? What could a new Ostpolitik in the era of Zeitenwende look like? When thinking about strategy and security in the region, what are the historical pretexts that need to be taken into account? The Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, historian Brendan Simms and Michael Thumann, foreign policy correspondent of DIE ZEIT offered important insights, impulses and perspectives on these questions.

  • all Photos: MSC/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand