The international security order today is probably more volatile than at any other point after the end of World War II." With these words, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, welcomed the about 300 guests of the traditional MSC Kick-off event at the Bavarian Representation in Berlin on February 13, 2017.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a vocal critic of Donald Trump elected as Germany’s 12th postwar president on Sunday, predicted “difficulties” in relations with the U.S. as the global order is upended by the new administration in Washington.
In her congratulatory message to the German-led NATO battalion in Lithuania, Germany's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday pledged to defend Lithuania's freedom and independence.
with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and the President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon.
Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump is forcing foreign leaders to grapple with an extraordinary question: Is it worth the political risk to invite him for a visit?
Joint press point with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev
US President Trump has pledged "lasting support" to the UK after his first meeting with PM May. Trump reiterated his belief that torture works but will defer the decision on its use to Defense Secretary Mattis.
"Next year could be the most consequential for Europe since the Berlin Wall fell, or maybe even since the end of World War II," argues MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed for TIME. "It is no exaggeration to say that the European Union's future lies in the balance."
For Swedish defense and security community, the People and Defense (Folk och Försvar) annual weekend-long get-together in the middle of Swedish nowhere (more precisely, in the beautiful Dalarna town of Sälen), is what the Munich Security Conference is for the best and the brightest of Western defense policy cognoscenti; the place to see and to be seen, and to hear the latest on Swedish defense policy directly from the top.
Russia, Poland and the Baltic States get the worst of it