Security and Human Rights, formerly Helsinki Monitor, is published 4 times a year. With its thorough analysis and thought-provoking articles, Security and Human Rigths reflects on developments, draws attention to problems and contributes to the policy-making discourse. Below you will find some examples from the past volumes.

13 January 2016 - Gernot Erler - 0

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 - Philip Remler - 0

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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11 January 2016 - Thomas D. Grant - 0

Boundaries and Rights after 2014, Helsinki at a Crossroads


The Final Act of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe reflected in its Decalogue the centrality of the territorial settlement to public order in Europe. It also reflected the hope that human rights would become more deeply entrenched across all States Parties to the Act. The intertwining of territorial provisions and human rights was not mere coincidence; it was at the heart of the compromise which enabled the parties to agree to the text as eventually adopted.

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11 January 2016 - Barend ter Haar - 0

Lessons from the MH17 Disaster

The MH17 disaster makes clear that international peace and security cannot be taken for granted. The widespread support in Ukraine for democratization and rule of law presents Western democracies with a strategic opportunity. They should look beyond their short term interests and develop a long term view on their relations with Ukraine and Russia. They should invest more in international organizations and conflict prevention. Finally: the proliferation of long-range anti-aircraft missiles has to be prevented.

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The OSCE at 40: Looking at the Abyss of a Fault-line 1 July 2015 - Kari Möttölä - 0

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.

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1 July 2015 - Matthew Rojansky - 0

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.

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