Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd will depart today for Munich to attend the 48th Munich Security Conference (MSC).
The MSC is a preeminent security policy forum. For almost half a century it has brought together the world's leading thinkers and decision-makers on security policy — from Prime Ministers, Defence Ministers and Foreign Ministers, to business, think-tanks and academia.
Mr Rudd will participate in a discussion panel on 'America, Europe and the Rise of Asia,' chaired by former US Secretary of State, Dr Henry Kissinger. The panel's theme reflects the increasing focus of the MSC on Asia and its security challenges. It is important that Australia helps to shape thinking and responses to these challenges.
"The peaceful rise of Asia is one of the greatest challenges faced this century, and which will impact, not only on our region, but on Europe and the wider world," Mr Rudd said.
The Munich Security Conference will also focus on the situation in Syria, security implications of the financial crisis, building a new Middle East and cyber security.
"One cyber attack has the potential to cripple an economy in hours. Cyber security is one of the most challenging security threats now facing nations and businesses across the world."
Mr Rudd will also have a number of bilateral meetings with regional and international figures.
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