The World is at the Brink - and the West doesn’t know what to do about it
The World is at the Brink - and the West doesn’t know what to do about it

Observations from the 2018 Munich Security Conference

by Daniela Schwarzer, Henning Hoff | International Policy/Relations

The risk of interstate conflict has never been this high since 1989. A tense international security situation set the tone for this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC). What’s worse: Neither Europe nor the United States seem to have any plan to address the threats facing them both. There isn’t much time left: Germans and Europeans must become more strategically capable, active and innovative to succeed in the new systemic conflict and help reduce instability.

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