Munich Security Conference Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger, left, welcomes German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, center, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his opening speech at the 51. Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. The conference on security policy takes place from Feb. 6, 2015 to Feb. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) (The Associated Press)
For the first time in 13 years, the conflict was not on the meeting agenda as the alliance's defense ministers gathered in Brussels Thursday.