Latest Journals

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.

Read more
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.

Read more

Go to archive

Debate & Blogs

12 June 2015

Azerbaijan Seeks to Close OSCE Office in Baku

In a surprising move, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan sent the OSCE an official verbal note (dated 3 June) in which it stated that "it does not see any more need for the activity of the OSCE Project Coordinator in Baku." With this, Baku unilaterally terminates the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed between the government of Azerbaijan and the OSCE on 24 September 2014. The verbal note furthermore states that the OSCE has one month – until 4 July – "for completing the technical issues arising from the termination of the above mentioned Memorandum." By unilaterally terminating the MoU, Azerbaijan essentially orders the OSCE to close down its field operation in Baku and to leave the country.

Read more
2 June 2015

To the Panel of Eminent Persons: Re-strengthening Co-operative Security through the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security

The OSCE´s co-operative approach rests on the notion that security is indivisible, thus highlighting that each State has moral responsibilities and obligations beyond its borders. This notion has led the OSCE to adopt the concept of comprehensive and co-operative security, prompting States to work together to solve common issues. In fact, the OSCE was the first security-oriented organization that adopted the concept of comprehensive and co-operative security, and the participating States have implemented this concept through a number of key documents and decisions. However, over the past few years, along with the current crisis in and around Ukraine, co-operative security in the OSCE region has experienced a major setback, and is in need of reconsolidation. For this reason, the Panel of Eminent Persons has been commissioned to provide advice on how to re-strengthen European security, and with it, security in the OSCE region.

Read more

Go to archive