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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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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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