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Second Day of Munich Security Conference Discusses Possible Military Reinforcement of NATO
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19 February 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

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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Interview with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz
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13 January 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 1

Interview with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz

As Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz assumes the function of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, he shares in this interview his personal views on the main strengths of the OSCE, provides an impression of his visit to the frontline in eastern Ukraine at the beginning of the year, and explains how Austria's neutrality can help to act the country as a bridge-builder between East and West. He also talks about the necessity to work together towards a greater understanding among OSCE states to find common ways on how to adapt politico-military tools to today's challenges, for example by modernizing the Vienna Document and by reinvigorating conventional arms control.

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13 January 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Conventional Arms control and dialogue on European security major topics for Austrian OSCE Chairmanship

Conventional arms control is considered the cornerstone of European security. The main international document in this context is the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty), which was negotiated during the final years of the Cold War, and which set equal limits on the amount of conventional weapons that NATO and the Warsaw Pact could deploy. The CFE Treaty led to the destruction of tens of thousands of heavy weapons in Europe in the years following 1990.

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Reviving Co-operative Security in Europe through the OSCE
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8 October 2015 - Dr. Teija Tiilikainen* - 0

Reviving Co-operative Security in Europe through the OSCE

The OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions has completed its report entitled 'Reviving Co-operative Security in Europe through the OSCE'. The report was presented at the Belgrade Security Forum on 1 October 2015. The OSCE Network for Think Tanks and Academic Institutions was tasked to prepare a report on cooperative security in Europe in support of the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as A Common Project (led by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger). Seventeen of the Network's institutes participated in the project that was coordinated by Dr. Teija Tiilikainen, director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and also a member of the Panel of Eminent Persons. A summary of the findings of the report follows.

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Conventional arms control in Europe: What are the stakes and how can the OSCE help?
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15 March 2013 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Conventional arms control in Europe: What are the stakes and how can the OSCE help?

Conventional arms control in Europe may seem outdated, given the fact that the Cold War is over and stability in Europe is taken for granted. Yet, this mindset is wrong as predictable conventional forces in Europe contribute to strengthening trust and security among all participating States of the OSCE. The main international agreement in this context is the so-called Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty – often referred to as the “cornerstone of European security” - which was negotiated during the final years of the Cold War and signed by 30 state parties on 19 November 1990. It set equal limits on the amount of conventional weapons that NATO and the Warsaw Pact could deploy “from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ural Mountains.”

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