Merkel Bows Out And Pence Steps In At Munich Security Conference

From left, United States Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen Pence, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner attend a meeting during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
From left, United States Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen Pence, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner attend a meeting during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Matthias Schrader / AP Photo
From left, United States Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen Pence, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner attend a meeting during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
From left, United States Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen Pence, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner attend a meeting during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Matthias Schrader / AP Photo

Merkel Bows Out And Pence Steps In At Munich Security Conference

An increasingly fractured global landscape was on display at the 55th annual Munich Security Conference. A forum conceived during the Cold War for senior politicians, diplomats and military leaders to exchange views on foreign policy and international security, the conference was marked this year by a noticeable disconnect between the United States and its Western European allies over global trade, Russia’s energy hold on Europe, the U.S.’s withdrawals from military involvement in Syria, and diplomatic engagement in the nuclear deal with Iran. To discuss, we’re joined by David Herszenhorn is chief Brussels correspondent for POLITICO. Before that, he spent 20 years with The New York Times as Moscow and Washington correspondent.