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1 July 2015

The OSCE at 40: Looking at the Abyss of a Fault-line

Ever since the dynamics of the first post-Cold War decade, peaking at the Istanbul summit in 1999, turned into stagnation, the normative, institutional and operational aspects of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (osce) as a security space has been the object of reform designs in political-diplomatic as well as the track 1,5/2 modes. The ensued reports have variably focused on ways to strengthen the political authority and the institutional capability of the organization or to enhance its adaptability to changing circumstances with an improved strategic planning and an updated agenda for co-operative action.

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1 July 2015

The Geopolitics of European Security: The Consequences of U.S.-Russia Tension

At the present moment of obvious tension between Moscow and Washington, it may be tempting to dismiss the likelihood of progress on any diplomatic front, let alone in the complex multilateral format of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Yet the 1972–75 Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (csce) itself took place against a backdrop of intense rivalry between the u.s. and Soviet-led blocs, suggesting that reasoned dialogue and consensus on core issues of shared security in the osce space is possible, despite—or perhaps even because of—the looming threat of conflict between geopolitical rivals.

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14 October 2015

German speaking countries to coordinate OSCE engagement under one roof

In view of their upcoming OSCE Chairmanships in 2016 and 2017, respectively, Germany and Austria have teamed up with Switzerland and Liechtenstein to coordinate their OSCE engagement within the so-called DACHLI framework. The acronym DACHLI is composed of the respective four country codes. The German speaking countries frequently cooperate on a wide range of topics. During their meeting in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, on 16 August 2015, the four countries agreed to work on the following four topics.

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8 October 2015

Reviving Co-operative Security in Europe through the OSCE

The OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions has completed its report entitled 'Reviving Co-operative Security in Europe through the OSCE'. The report was presented at the Belgrade Security Forum on 1 October 2015. The OSCE Network for Think Tanks and Academic Institutions was tasked to prepare a report on cooperative security in Europe in support of the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as A Common Project (led by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger). Seventeen of the Network's institutes participated in the project that was coordinated by Dr. Teija Tiilikainen, director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and also a member of the Panel of Eminent Persons. A summary of the findings of the report follows.

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