World on the brink, warns Munich Security Report
9 February, 2018
With the US's international role waning, Europe must define its own future, according to a report published last Thursday ahead of the annual Munich Security Conference (MSC), which is to be held from 16 to 18 February. Titled 'To the Brink - and Back?', it forecasts a new era of uncertainty on the horizon.
“In the last year, the world has gotten much too close to the brink of a significant conflict,” MSC Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger wrote. He pointed to ever-louder sabre rattling between the US and North Korea, the growing rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and ongoing tensions between Russia and NATO in Europe.
The latest MSC report followed up on last year's forecast that the US under President Donald Trump could forfeit its established role as the guarantor of international security by acting unilaterally and furthering an American-centric vision at the cost of its traditional allies. For Europeans, the US's policy shift means doing more to provide for their own security, including rethinking defence spending, streamlining capabilities and defining a defence union.