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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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27 April 2017

“OSCE, keep going!”

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) is the only organization on the ground in eastern Ukraine that provides impartial facts about a confusing conflict that has been going on since 2014. During the past three years, the OSCE SMM has performed essential work in a dangerous conflict environment for which it receives far too little attention and recognition. The roughly 600 international, unarmed, civilian OSCE monitors go on patrol daily in the Donbass region to monitor the ceasefire that has been agreed upon in the Minsk Agreements. Last Sunday, such an OSCE patrol ended in a fatal incident.

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21 April 2017

How to Train Human Rights Monitors in Ukraine: The ODIHR Way

In 2015 the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started a multi-year programme to strengthen dialogue among civil society and with key government stakeholders in order to bolster security in Ukraine. The programme itself consists of numerous smaller projects, focusing on human rights, democratization, and tolerance and non-discrimination. This article by guest author Marc Van Gool explores the method that was used by ODIHR to build the capacity of civil society organizations in Ukraine to monitor human rights.

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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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  • 28-04-2017  RT @OSCE_SMM: Hug: The route where vehicle hit explosive, likely a mine, was a planned route; used 2 hours earlier & the previous day #Ukra…

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  • 28-04-2017  RT @OSCE_SMM: Hug: In 2016 SMM verified 141 mines & explosives causing civilian casualties in #Donbas with 96 injuries & 45 deaths, both ad…

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