• Ahmed Fathi

Munich Security Conference and Multilateralism in a Changing International Order


The 56th Munich Security Conference is taking place at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich from February 14 to 16. For these days, Munich will again be at the center of international diplomacy and welcome world leaders from politics, academia, and civil society.


This year one of the main themes is "Westlessness" which is – a widespread feeling of uneasiness and restlessness in the face of increasing uncertainty about the enduring purpose of the West. A multitude of security challenges seem to have become inseparable from what some describe as the decay of the Western project. What is more, Western societies and governments appear to have lost a common understanding of what it even means to be part of the West. Although perhaps the most important strategic challenge for the transatlantic partners, it appears uncertain whether the West can come up with a joint strategy for a new era of great-power competition.


There would be a series of panels around the this theme and peace and security across the Atlantic and around the world. The panel discussion "Westlessness in the World: Multilateralism in a Changing International Order" features Heiko Maas (Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany), Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (Minister of External Affairs, Republic of India), Margrethe Vestager (Executive Vice President for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age, European Commission), Kang Kyung-Wha (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea), Lindsey O. Graham (Senator, Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, United States of America), and Amrita Narlikar (President, German Institute of Global and Area Studies; Moderator) during the panel discussion "Westlessness in the World: Multilateralism in a Changing International Order".






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