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1 January 2017

Enhancing International Cyber Security: A Key Role for Diplomacy

Cyber aggression is an increasing threat to international security and stability. While national policies intended to deter cyber aggression may offer some solution in the short term, their effects in the long term are doubtful. National cyber-deterrence policies entail the risk of an on-going cyber arms race and a cycle of escalation between potential cyber opponents. 



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1 January 2017

From the Bataclan to Nice: A Critique of France’s State of Emergency Regime

This policy brief analyses the state of emergency regime that was declared by the French Government immediately after the November 2015 attacks and ties it to France’s legislative response to terrorism more generally. It is observed that, at various levels, serious human rights concerns arise that are detrimental to the fight against terrorism. In conclusion, concrete policy recommendations are offered to address these concerns. 

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6 June 2017

We Need to Talk: Fostering Dialogue Between Russia and the West

Europe is more unstable than it has been for generations. Some say that it has not been this dangerous since the Cold War. But at least during the Cold War the conflict was structured and there was a degree of predictability—even if it was Mutually Assured Destruction. Today the situation is unpredictable and unstructured. The rule of law and the laws of war have been bent or broken. Furthermore, there is almost no dialogue between Russia and the West. To avoid war there must be dialogue.

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31 May 2017

Five Takeaways from the OSCE (In)Security Days in Prague

The official motto of the OSCE Security Days in Prague on 18-19 May 2017 was "Countering fragmentation and polarization" with the aim of "re-creating a climate for stability in Europe". The "OSCE Security Days" are OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier's brainchild. He launched this particular dialogue forum in June 2012 with the aim of bringing together experts from government, think tanks and academic institutions, civil society, youth, and media to engage in an informal and interactive discussion on 21st-century threats and challenges. Here are five takeaways from the conference.

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External publications

The Battered OSCE Is Needed More Than Ever

By Thomas De Waal

Carnegie Europe

25 April 2017


Erdogan's Criticism of Election Observers Is Deeply Troubling

By Michael Georg Link


19 April 2017


The Security Times

Special Edition of the Atlantic Times for the 53rd

Munich Security Conference

February 2017


Address by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office,

Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria,

H.E. Sebastian Kurz

12 January 2017


Ukraine Progress Stalls on Inflexibility and US Uncertainty

By Stephanie Liechtenstein

International Peace Institute/Global Observatory

12 January 2017


Eine Chance für Österreichs neutrale Vermittlerrolle

By Stephanie Liechtenstein

Wiener Zeitung

11 January 2017


European Security - Challenges at the Societal Level

By the OSCE Network of Think Tanks

7 December 2016


Protracted Conflicts in the OSCE Area - Innovative Approaches for Cooperation in the Conflict Zones

By the OSCE Network of Think Tanks

7 December 2016


Europe's Security Governance and Transatlantic Relations: The West, Russia and Europe's Security Order

By Reinhard Krumm

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

November 2016


Reviving Arms Control in Europe

By Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister

Project Syndicate

26 August 2016 

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