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Ukraine at the center of discussions of the Normandy Format in Berlin
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27 October 2016 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Ukraine at the center of discussions of the Normandy Format in Berlin

Leaders of the Normandy Format (Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine) met in Berlin on 19 October to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. The situation in Syria was also on the agenda, but it was discussed only among Germany, France and Russia. Regarding Ukraine three key issues emerged from the talks in Berlin. First, leaders agreed to work out a roadmap for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements by the end of November. Second, leaders failed to extend disengagement areas in eastern Ukraine. Third, the possibility of an armed OSCE police mission, that could be part of a larger plan to ensure the security of local elections in Donbas, was raised. 

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Interview with Daniel Baer, US Ambassador to the OSCE
Photo: Colin Peters/USOSCE
16 September 2016 - 0

Interview with Daniel Baer, US Ambassador to the OSCE

On 7 September Stephanie Liechtenstein met with Daniel Baer, the US Ambassador to the OSCE, for an interview in Vienna. Ambassador Baer is a strong supporter of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and a staunch defender of fundamental human rights across the OSCE region. In this interview, Ambassador Baer talks about the situation in Ukraine and stresses that the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements is the best framework for a permanent, political solution to the conflict. He underlines the need for the international community to continue to press for complete, free and unfettered access for OSCE monitors to all areas in eastern Ukraine. He stresses that the most important aspect is for Russia to give a signal to its proxies on the ground in Ukraine that it does not want the OSCE monitors to be obstructed, harassed or shot at. Ambassador Baer describes the situation in parts of eastern Ukraine as a "dystopia that is run by armed thugs with machine guns patrolling the streets." He believes that the security environment will have to change significantly before free and fair local elections can be run in eastern Ukraine. He does not exclude that at that point an armed presence may be needed to help ensure a safe environment for the elections. Apart from the situation in Ukraine, Ambassador Baer provides his views on the OSCE role in managing the migration and refugee flows, on the upcoming Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw as well as on the upcoming Presidential Elections in the United States.

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The Death of the Helsinki Moment. Long Live Helsinki.
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15 September 2015 - David J. Galbreath* - 0

The Death of the Helsinki Moment. Long Live Helsinki.

The Euro-Atlantic area is deep in the midst of crisis with war in Ukraine and massive refugee flows from Syria and Iraq as well as places such as Eritrea, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, not to mention the increased spectre of religious terrorism as seen in the UK, France, Belgium and other countries. Added to this the changing relationship between the 'West' (what that has come to mean) and the 'Rest', including the Russian Federation, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Central Asia. Are these not the crises on which the Helsinki Final Act was predicated? The prevention of foreign intervention? The inviolability of frontiers? The promotion of confidence and stability between countries? In this article, which is addressed to the OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons, Professor David Galbreath calls for breathing life back into the 'Helsinki Moment'.

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INTERVIEW: The West Has to be Serious About Saving Ukraine, says Timothy Garton Ash
Photo: Stephanie Liechtenstein
7 July 2015 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

INTERVIEW: The West Has to be Serious About Saving Ukraine, says Timothy Garton Ash

How should European security be shaped in the future and how can the crisis in and around Ukraine be diffused? Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at Oxford University, provides some interesting and provocative answers to these questions in this interview, which was conducted by Stephanie Liechtenstein on the margins of the Core Group Meeting of the Munich Security Conference in Vienna on 17 June. Prof. Garton Ash explains that the problem with the current security architecture is the fact that it seems disconnected from events on the ground in Ukraine. To address this problem, he makes the case for the West to start looking into the possibility of sending peacekeepers to Ukraine. Prof. Garton Ash also shares some interesting insights of private conversations he held while in Ukraine about two months ago.

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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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Thinking Out of the Box: OSCE Network of Think Tanks develops Options for Future OSCE Field Activities
Photo: OSCE/Evgeniy Maloletka
29 December 2014 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Thinking Out of the Box: OSCE Network of Think Tanks develops Options for Future OSCE Field Activities

On 3 December, the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions presented a study on "the Future of OSCE Field Operations (Options)" at a side event during the 2014 OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference in Basel. The Network consists of around 30 institutions and it describes itself as "an autonomous OSCE-related track II initiative." The Network's study should be seen in the context of the Helsinki+40 reform discussions, which have been going on since 2012 and which also include a debate on how OSCE field activities could be adapted in the context of a changing security environment.

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