Munich Security Conference 2020

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Overview, reports and analyses on the annual edition of the Munich Security Conference, held on 14-16 February 2020.

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The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is an annual forum for the debate of international security policy. The 56th edition was held at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof and gathered a number of world leaders from politics, academia and civil society.

This edition focused on the meaning of belonging to the West, and how this may be fading as it becomes contested both from within and from without. This phenomenon is referred to by the Munich Security Report 2020 as 'Westlessness'. The lack of a common strategy is highlighted in the context of new great-power competition and a multitude of crises that would require a concerted Western response. The MSC 2020 sought answers and solutions to this question by examining the European project, defence cooperation, and the liberal international order as a whole. Pressing challenges in other parts of the world were also a focal point.

A follow-up meeting relating to the s0-called 'Berlin Process' on Libya - first launched by an international conference - was held on 16 February in the margins of the Munich Security Conference. On this occasion, the International Follow-Up Committee on Libya was launched.

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Carnegie Europe: Strategic Europe, 15/02/2020: American Views on China and the West
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Foreign Policy, 16/02/2020: The U.S. and Europe Are Speaking a Different Language on China
The Guardian, 16/02/2020: 'Westlessness': is the west really in a state of peril?
Deutsche Welle, 16/02/2020: Munich Security Conference reveals frayed trans-Atlantic ties
Sky News, 16/02/2020: Munich Security Conference: UK suffered because of its absence
Euro|topics, February 2020: Munich Security Conference: a world without the West?
EurActiv, 18/02/2020: Time for Germany to get vocal on European security

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TRT World, 14/02/2020: Munich Security Conference focuses on ‘Westlessness’
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Reuters, 15/02/2020: Macron defends closer dialogue with Russia, sees no alternative
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Euronews, 16/02/2020: Ministers push for peace in Libya at Munich Security Conference
The Independent, 16/02/2020: Britain’s lack of presence at Munich security conference sparks concern among allies
The Guardian, 16/02/2020: Libya arms embargo is a joke, says UN envoy as ceasefire talks continue
Hürriyet Daily News, 16/02/2020: Int'l actors reaffirm commitment to cease-fire in Libya
RFE/RL, 16/02/2020: NATO Chief Rejects Macron Call To Put French Nukes At Center Of European Strategy
Deutsche Welle, 16/02/2020: Munich Security Conference: African leaders absent from Sahel talks
The Local (France), 16/02/2020: France 'impatient' over lack of German drive to reform EU: Macron
BBC News, 16/02/2020: Brexit: France warns UK of bitter trade negotiations

Official Website of the 2020 Munich Security Conference
US Embassy in Germany: News, 10/02/2020: 2020 Munich Security Conference
European Commission: Keynote Speech by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič at the Munich European Conference during the European Dinner (13 February 2020)
German President: Opening of the Munich Security Conference (14 February 2020)
NATO: Opening remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Munich Security Conference (15 February 2020)
NATO: News, 15/02/2020: Secretary General discusses security issues with world leaders in Munich
European Commission: Laudatio by President von der Leyen on the awarding of the 2020 Ewald von Kleist Prize to the United Nations at the Munich Security Conference (15 February 2020)
French Embassy in the UK: Newsroom, 15/02/2020: President sets out vision for Europe’s future security
German Federal Foreign Office: Press Release, 16/02/2020: Co-Chair’s Statement on the launching of the International Follow-up Committee on Libya
EU EEAS: Press Release, 17/02/2020: Josep Borrell concludes participation in Munich Security Conference

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