MSC 2009

From left: the new conference chairman Wolfgang Ischinger, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk (Photo: MSC / Dettenborn).

In February 2009, the new Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, was able to welcome many distinguished guests to Munich. Over 50 ministers and more than a dozen heads of state and government from all over the world joined the 45th Munich Security Conference, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

 

Only days after President Barack Obama's inauguration, the new U.S. administration was also very well represented, with Vice President Joe Biden and National Security Advisor James Jones attending. They laid out, for the first time, the new administration's foreign-policy agenda to an international audience. Biden, in particular, gave a widely noted speech, calling for a "reset" in the U.S. relationship to Russia. The conference's 2009 agenda, a list of participants, and the available speeches can be found on the right.