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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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20 February 2017

Austrian OSCE Chairmanship pushes for strengthening of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine is currently the only large-scale international presence on the ground in eastern Ukraine. The more than 600 OSCE monitors report regularly about ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine and have thus become "the eyes and ears" of the international community on the ground. The OSCE SMM is composed of civilian, unarmed monitors, seconded by the 57 OSCE participating States. Maintaining the security of the OSCE monitors is thus of vital importance.

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19 February 2017

Second Day of Munich Security Conference Discusses Possible Military Reinforcement of NATO

On the second day of the Munich Security Conference, United States Vice-President Mike Pence delivered a speech to a packed conference hall filled with Presidents, Ministers, diplomats, foreign policy experts and journalists, all eagerly awaiting some clarity about the new United States (US) administration's views on pressing foreign and security policy issues. At the outset, the Vice-President stated: "Today, on behalf of President Trump, I bring you this assurance. The United States of America strongly supports NATO and will be unwavering in our commitment to this transatlantic alliance."

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External publications

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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