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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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Building Trust in a Turbulent Year: Germany’s 2016 OSCE Chairmanship
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22 December 2016 - Christian Nünlist* - 0

Building Trust in a Turbulent Year: Germany’s 2016 OSCE Chairmanship

The OSCE Ministerial Council (MC) meeting, held in Hamburg on 8 and 9 December, was the final highlight of Germany's 2016 OSCE Chairmanship. At the opening session, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office (CiO), German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier compared the OSCE to a lighthouse to guide the course of the organization in turbulent times. The metaphor of "turbulent times" was used in almost every OSCE speech Steinmeier gave in 2016. In such stormy times, the OSCE offers a platform for dialogue and cooperation.

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Germany takes over OSCE Chairmanship in “stormy times”, says Frank-Walter Steinmeier
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20 January 2016 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Germany takes over OSCE Chairmanship in “stormy times”, says Frank-Walter Steinmeier

On 14 January, German Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, presented the priorities of the German OSCE Chairmanship to OSCE delegations in Vienna. The address by the new OSCE Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) to the OSCE Permanent Council at the beginning of the year is an annual event. This year, the Permanent Council meeting room was packed with journalists, diplomats and high-ranking officials who eagerly awaited OSCE CiO Steinmeier's inaugural speech. Among them was Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlov Klimkin, who - through his attendance - underscored the important role of the OSCE in the management of the Ukraine crisis. Indeed, one could sense that a "political heavyweight" was taking over the Chairmanship, as Germany is "by far the most powerful OSCE participating State that has ever held the presidency of the organization". In this article, it will be argued that Germany should use its OSCE Chairmanship to offset the weaknesses of the EU and NATO in dealing with the Ukraine crisis. In its capacity as OSCE Chair, Germany presides over an organization with a broad membership and in which Russia is an equal partner. Germany can thus deal with Moscow in a more balanced way, not overshadowed by EU sanctions or military rhetoric. This may open new possibilities to ease tensions.

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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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Guest Blog Entry: The OSCE Code of Conduct Information Exchange: Going Beyond Quantitative Analysis
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24 August 2015 - Nika Jabbarova - 0

Guest Blog Entry: The OSCE Code of Conduct Information Exchange: Going Beyond Quantitative Analysis

In 2014, the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security (hereafter called "the Code"), celebrated its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Switzerland, as OSCE chair, together with Austria, Germany and Moldova, as chair of the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC), held a commemorative ceremony bringing together scholars and diplomats alike to discuss this landmark document and its role in building confidence and security in the OSCE region. In this article, Nika Jabbarova argues in favour of qualitative analysis of national submissions in order for the Code to achieve its full potential and to improve insights into how the Code is implemented across the OSCE region.

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To the Panel of Eminent Persons: Re-strengthening Co-operative Security through the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security
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2 June 2015 - Nika Jabbarova - 0

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.

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