MSC 2010

From left: Richard Burt (Global Zero Initiative), Senator John Kerry, the Russian Vice Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov, and Claus Kleber debate during the MSC 2010 (Photo: MSC / Dettenborn).

The future of Euro-Atlantic security and global disarmament were the central topics of this year's Munich Security Conference. The assembled heads of state and government, foreign and defense ministers, CEOs, and experts also debated the Middle East and Afghanistan as well as, for the first time in Munich, resource and energy issues. A part of the conference was dominated by debates about arguments made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki on the Iranian nuclear program.

 

For the first time, a Chinese Foreign Minister – Yang Jiechi – took part in the Munich Security Conference. His signal to the mostly Euro-Atlantic field of participants: "A strong China is not a threat to the world, but instead an opportunity." In his programmatic speech on Chinese foreign policy, he announced that China would assume more international responsibility in the future.

 

NATO Secretary General Rasmussen also gave a noted speech. He laid out his vision for the future of the Atlantic Alliance: it "should become the hub of a network of security partnerships and a center for consultation on international security issues – even issues on which the Alliance might never take action," he said.

 

Please find more information on the 2010 Munich Security Conference in the column on the right hand side.