Munich Security Report 2024: Lose-lose?
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Munich Security Report 2024: Lose-lose?

12 February 2024


As more and more states define their success relative to others, a vicious cycle of relative gains thinking, prosperity losses, and growing geopolitical tensions threatens to unroll. The resulting lose-lose dynamics are already unfolding in many policy fields and engulfing various regions. In its chapters, the 2024 edition of the Munich Security Report (MSR) zooms in on four regions and three policy fields where lose-lose dynamics are particularly pronounced, namely Eastern Europe (authored by Nicole Koenig and Leonard Schütte), the Indo-Pacific (by Paula Köhler), the Middle East (by Amadée Mudie-Mantz and Sophie Witte), and the Sahel region (by Isabell Kump) as well as economics (by Leonard Schütte), climate (by Julia Hammelehle), and technology (by Jintro Pauly). The chapters highlight that rather than being resolved, many regional conflicts and crisis are characterized by growing zero-sum dynamics. And rather than reforming the open and rules-based international order so that it better delivers on its promised mutual benefits, the international community is currently moving in the opposite direction. The report features a range of exclusive and previously unpublished data. For the MSR 2024, the MSC once more cooperated with a number of institutions, including The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), Global Trade Alert, der International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

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