The 56th Munich Security Conference: ‘Westlessness’ and China Threat Perception
[Current Issues and Policies] 2020-06 (April 7, 2020)
Dr. CHUNG Eunsook
Director of the Dept of Security Strategy Studies
The Sejong Institute
The 56th Munich Security Conference, an annual conference on international security policies and transatlantic relations, was held from February 14 to 16, 2020, in Munich, Germany. While a number of traditional and non-traditional security issues were discussed, this report briefly analyzed perspectives of the leaders of the Atlantic region on European and international security affairs with the focus on traditional security issues such as military and hard power politics, a core framework of the Munich Security Conference. In short, “a less of “Western” world” and “a mistrust of China” formed the basis of discussions. To be more specific, the European leaders emphasized the former; the US officials of Trump administration underlined the latter. Furthermore, it seemed hard to be optimistic about the arrival of peace after the coronavirus crisis.
※ Translator’s note: This is a summarized unofficial translation of the original paper which was written in Korean. All references should be made to the original paper.
※ This article is written based on the author’s personal opinions and does not reflect the views of the Sejong Institute.