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Security and Human Rights Monitor


6 June 2017 - Walter Kemp* - 0

We Need to Talk: Fostering Dialogue Between Russia and the West

Europe is more unstable than it has been for generations. Some say that it has not been this dangerous since the Cold War. But at least during the Cold War the conflict was structured and there was a degree of predictability—even if it was Mutually Assured Destruction. Today the situation is unpredictable and unstructured. The rule of law and the laws of war have been bent or broken. Furthermore, there is almost no dialogue between Russia and the West. To avoid war there must be dialogue.

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Five Takeaways from the OSCE (In)Security Days in Prague
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31 May 2017 - Christian Nuenlist* - 0

Five Takeaways from the OSCE (In)Security Days in Prague

The official motto of the OSCE Security Days in Prague on 18-19 May 2017 was "Countering fragmentation and polarization" with the aim of "re-creating a climate for stability in Europe". The "OSCE Security Days" are OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier's brainchild. He launched this particular dialogue forum in June 2012 with the aim of bringing together experts from government, think tanks and academic institutions, civil society, youth, and media to engage in an informal and interactive discussion on 21st-century threats and challenges. Here are five takeaways from the conference.

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Interview with Sergey Markedonov: ”NATO is not Greenpeace, it is a Defense Alliance that Approaches our Borders”
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25 May 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Interview with Sergey Markedonov: ”NATO is not Greenpeace, it is a Defense Alliance that Approaches our Borders”

In this interview, Sergey Markedonov shares his views on the Ukraine conflict and provides suggestions on how to unblock the impasse with regard to the Minsk Agreements. He also explains why, in his view, NATO enlargement was a mistake. He calls for a serious dialogue on European security between Russia and the West. Sergey Markedonov is Associate Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. He is also an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council. He has written extensively on post-Soviet conflicts in academic journals and international media.

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OSCE-wide Counter Terrorism Conference Overshadowed by Manchester Attack
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24 May 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

OSCE-wide Counter Terrorism Conference Overshadowed by Manchester Attack

On 23 May, the OSCE-wide counter-terrorism conference opened with a moment of silence for the victims of the terror attack in Manchester last night. OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minster Sebastian Kurz, stated that "this is another day with terrible news, another day that leads us to question how people can commit such barbaric attacks". Foreign Minister Kurz called on all OSCE participating States to stand together and to "fight terrorism with all means we have".

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“OSCE, keep going!”
Photo: OSCE/Evgeniy Maloletka
27 April 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

“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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How to Train Human Rights Monitors in Ukraine: The ODIHR Way
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21 April 2017 - Marc Van Gool* - 0

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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