Security Summit

Tough Talks in Crisis Times

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Munich is an opportunity for the Trump administration to set out its foreign policy priorities.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Thirty heads of state and government, 80 foreign and defense ministers  and other diplomats expected to join the traditional round of trans-Atlantic talks at Hotel Bayerisher Hof.
    • Senior members of the Trump Administration will attend the event.
    • They have an opportunity to present its foreign policy priorities to an international audience.
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Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told delegates at the Munich Security Conference that NATO's European partners have to invest more. Source: Matthias Balk/DPA

Maybe a mug or two of Bavarian wheat beer will help lighten talks among heads of state and senior officials at the annual Munich Security Conference. But maybe it won’t.

The mood is tense amid concerns of mixed signals from the Trump administration on its commitment to NATO, its ties with Russia and its relationship with China.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and European Council President Donald Tusk are among the 30 heads of state and government, 80 foreign and defense ministers and other diplomats expected to join the traditional round of trans-Atlantic talks at Hotel Bayerisher Hof through Sunday.

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