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13 January 2016

Key Issues of the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016

Assuming the OSCE Chairmanship in such stormy times is a sign of Germany's strong commitment to making an active contribution to peace and security in Europe. More than 40 years after the adoption of the Helsinki Final Act, fundamental pillars of international order in Europe have been shaken by the force of arms, mutual distrust and competing narratives. Long-standing principles of the European security order have been broken and challenged; borders and the territorial integrity of states have been violated.

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13 January 2016

Ukraine, Protracted Conflicts and the OSCE

Aspects of the Ukraine crisis present enormous problems for the future of osce and other international conflict mediation. Annexation, "hybrid" warfare, the proliferation of non-recognized separatist polities, the absence of a shared baseline of facts and, therefore, the sharp divergence of narratives, and perhaps most of all, the development of fortress mentalities – all of these have challenged the "Helsinki acquis" on which the osce is based.

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SHR Monitor

13 January 2017

Interview with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz

As Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz assumes the function of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, he shares in this interview his personal views on the main strengths of the OSCE, provides an impression of his visit to the frontline in eastern Ukraine at the beginning of the year, and explains how Austria's neutrality can help to act the country as a bridge-builder between East and West. He also talks about the necessity to work together towards a greater understanding among OSCE states to find common ways on how to adapt politico-military tools to today's challenges, for example by modernizing the Vienna Document and by reinvigorating conventional arms control.

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13 January 2017

Conventional Arms control and dialogue on European security major topics for Austrian OSCE Chairmanship

Conventional arms control is considered the cornerstone of European security. The main international document in this context is the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty), which was negotiated during the final years of the Cold War, and which set equal limits on the amount of conventional weapons that NATO and the Warsaw Pact could deploy. The CFE Treaty led to the destruction of tens of thousands of heavy weapons in Europe in the years following 1990.

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External publications

Ukraine Progress Stalls on Inflexibility and US Uncertainty

By Stephanie Liechtenstein

International Peace Institute/Global Observatory

12 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


The 320 Europeans Out to Protect America's Elections

By Ben Wofford and Benjamin Oreskes

7 November 2016


Reviving Arms Control in Europe

By Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister

Project Syndicate

26 August 2016


Keeping an International Eye on Ukraine

By Daniel Baer, US Ambassador to the OSCE

The Wall Street Journal

16 August 2016

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