Munich Security Conference
Critics see the MSC as an illegitimate decision-making forum between politicians and the defense industry. Supporters point out that no decisions are made at the conference, rather that it gives decision makers, who include world leaders, an informal setting where they can discuss ideas without the potential political cost that is part of formal gatherings like the United Nations.
Formed in 1963 during the Cold War as a strategy meeting for NATO, the MSC has grown to include representation from most corners of the world. Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi attended the 49th MSC. The 50th Munich Security Conference took place from January 31 to February 2, 2014. Close to twenty heads of state and government and fifty foreign and defense ministers participated in the conference.
Date written/update: 2013-11-20