The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship – MSC Convenes Leaders for Core Group Meeting in Washington
On May 9 and 10, at the invitation of the Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), senior members of the Trump administration, European government officials, members of parliament from both sides of the Atlantic as well as representatives from international organizations and civil society will come together in Washington, DC, for the MSC Core Group Meeting 2017.
The meeting is co-hosted with the Atlantic Council. In addition to the future of NATO, central topics on the agenda include discussions about the relationship with Russia, the war in Syria, dealing with the jihadist threat as well as the security situation in East Asia.
Confirmed participants include, among others, the foreign ministers of Estonia, Norway, Finland, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, Slovakia, and Ukraine. From the United States, John Kelly (Secretary of Homeland Security), Dan Coats (Director of National Intelligence), CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs at the National Security Council, Fiona Hill, will join the discussion. About a dozen senators and congressmen, including Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Michael McCaul, will also participate.
The German government will be represented by, among others, Ralf Brauksiepe, State Secretary in the Defense Department and Ambassador Peter Wittig. In addition, the members of the Bundestag Norbert Röttgen (CDU), Niels Annen (SPD), and Omid Nouripour (Green party) will come to Washington, as will, from the most recent state to join NATO, Montenegro’s Prime Minister Dusko Markovic. Turkey will be represented by the Director of the National Intelligence Organization, Hakan Fidan, and China by the Chairwoman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National People's Congress, Fu Ying. Other experts who have confirmed their participation include Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev and several former heads of state and government from Europe.
"Now that the Trump administration has been in office for a little over 100 days, our Core Group Meeting offers the ideal opportunity to debate the new direction of US foreign and security policy – and what this direction means for transatlantic relations," MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger said. "I am delighted that so many senior European decision-makers have accepted our invitation to come to Washington. This shows that there is a need for discussion."
On the margins of the Core Group Meeting, the MSC and select partner organizations also convene a number of smaller events on key security issues: an Arctic Security Roundtable (jointly with the Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative and the Arctic Circle), bioterrorism (jointly with the Center for Strategic and International Studies), cybersecurity (with the Atlantic Council Cyber Statecraft Initiative and Microsoft), and about the future of democracy in a digital age (jointly with Washington Post).
About the MSC
Since its foundation over five decades ago, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for dialogue on foreign and security policy. In addition to its annual flagship conference in Munich, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events with a focus on particular security issues or regions and publishes the Munich Security Report, a concise summary of major challenges in the field of international security.
About the MSC Core Group Meetings
Since 2009, the MSC has cooperated with local partners to host so-called Core Group Meetings in capitals around the world. Limited to a small group of no more than 60 senior participants, the MSC Core Group Meetings provide an exclusive setting to discuss current security challenges with regional decision-makers and experts. Meetings have already taken place in Washington, D.C. (2009 and 2013), Moscow (2010), Beijing (2011 and 2016), Doha (2013), New Delhi (2014), Vienna (2015), Tehran (2015), and Addis Ababa (2016).