Paul Lachine

Se viene otro siglo del Atlántico

PRINCETON – Estados Unidos está en ascenso, Europa se estabiliza, y ambos están acercándose. Ese fue el mensaje principal de la Conferencia de Seguridad de Múnich (CSM) de este año, que se celebró a principios de este mes con la asistencia de una importante nómina de ministros de defensa y de asuntos exteriores, veteranos militares, parlamentarios, periodistas y toda clase de expertos en seguridad nacional.

La conferencia reúne sobre todo a participantes venidos de Europa y Estados Unidos; de hecho, cuando se la instituyó en 1963, estaba dirigida exclusivamente a miembros de la OTAN. Pero este año, también participaron funcionarios públicos de alto nivel procedentes de Brasil, China, India, Nigeria, Singapur, Qatar y Arabia Saudita, signo importante de los tiempos que corren.

John McCain, senador estadounidense y candidato presidencial en 2008, siempre va a Múnich a la cabeza de una nutrida delegación de congresistas. El gobierno estadounidense también suele enviar al Secretario de Defensa o al Secretario de Estado para pronunciar un discurso ritual de reafirmación de la confianza europea en la fortaleza de la alianza transatlántica. Este año, el honor correspondió al vicepresidente Joe Biden, con lo que el nivel de la representación estadounidense subió un escalón.

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