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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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Panel of Eminent Persons Report on Ukraine: A Lot of Validity but no Real Novelty
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6 July 2015 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Panel of Eminent Persons Report on Ukraine: A Lot of Validity but no Real Novelty

On 16 and 17 June, the Core Group Meeting of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) took place in Vienna, Austria. The meeting brought together an impressive amount of high-ranking participants from governments, the private sector, media and academia, who discussed in an off-the-record setting a number of pressing, international issues. On the margins of that conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger presented to the media the OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons interim report on 'lessons learned for the OSCE from its engagement in Ukraine'. After it was not possible to reach consensus on establishing a Panel of Eminent Persons at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basle last December, the Panel of fifteen experts was nevertheless formed and was tasked by the 2015 Troika (Switzerland, Serbia and Germany) to reconsolidate European security as a common project. The Panel's interim report provides recommendations on the following five topics: (i) conflict prevention; (ii) leadership; (iii) need for a legal personality; (iv) primacy of politics; (v) capacity and cooperation.

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Ukraine a game-changer for the future of European security? The OSCE’s role as a regional arrangement of the United Nations
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19 June 2014 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Ukraine a game-changer for the future of European security? The OSCE’s role as a regional arrangement of the United Nations

On 27 May, the OSCE hosted a Security Day Conference on the topic of "the OSCE and Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter: Confronting Emerging Security Challenges in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Space." This latest event is part of a series of Security Day Conferences that look at how security can be improved in the OSCE area and beyond from multiple perspectives, involving multiple stakeholders. The events represent a considerable effort by the OSCE to ensure more transparency, to open up to a wider audience and include ideas not only from government representatives but also from researchers, academics and NGO representatives. The aim of the conference was to engage high-level panelists and a wide audience (including people following the conference via the live stream and social media) in a debate on how the OSCE can best support the UN as a regional arrangement in the current security context. The conference focused on the Organization's role in the areas of conflict prevention (early warning and early action) and conflict resolution (mediation), also taking into account the current crisis in Ukraine.

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OSCE Security Day Conference on Approaches to Conflict Resolution
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21 October 2013 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

OSCE Security Day Conference on Approaches to Conflict Resolution

On 16 September 2013, the OSCE Secretary General hosted a one-day conference in Vienna on the topic of “promoting lasting solutions – approaches to conflict resolution in the OSCE area.” The event was part of a series of conferences in the framework of the OSCE Security Days, launched for the first time in 2012 at the initiative of the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier. The event was organized around four thematic panels addressing conceptual and practical approaches to conflict resolution, existing and potential mechanisms for conflict resolution, contributions of multilateral organizations to international peace operations and building infrastructures for peace. The opening and first sessions were open to the public, the rest of the conference was held under the Chatham House Rule.

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New OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
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18 July 2013 - Walter Kemp - 0

New OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

On 11 July 2013, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities – Knut Vollebaek of Norway – made his last statement to the Permanent Council in Vienna. One week later, on 17 July, it was announced that his successor will be Astrid Thors of Finland. Her three year mandate will begin 20 August. What is Vollebaek’s legacy, and what will be on Ms. Thors’ agenda? Knut Vollebaek was no stranger to the OSCE when he became High Commissioner in the spring of 2007. He had been Chairman-in-Office when he was Foreign Minister of Norway in 1999, and led the Panel of Eminent Persons (tasked with making proposals to strengthen the effectiveness of the OSCE) in 2005.

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