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6 June 2017 - Walter Kemp* - 0

We Need to Talk: Fostering Dialogue Between Russia and the West

Europe is more unstable than it has been for generations. Some say that it has not been this dangerous since the Cold War. But at least during the Cold War the conflict was structured and there was a degree of predictability—even if it was Mutually Assured Destruction. Today the situation is unpredictable and unstructured. The rule of law and the laws of war have been bent or broken. Furthermore, there is almost no dialogue between Russia and the West. To avoid war there must be dialogue.

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Five Takeaways from the OSCE (In)Security Days in Prague
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31 May 2017 - Christian Nuenlist* - 0

Five Takeaways from the OSCE (In)Security Days in Prague

The official motto of the OSCE Security Days in Prague on 18-19 May 2017 was "Countering fragmentation and polarization" with the aim of "re-creating a climate for stability in Europe". The "OSCE Security Days" are OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier's brainchild. He launched this particular dialogue forum in June 2012 with the aim of bringing together experts from government, think tanks and academic institutions, civil society, youth, and media to engage in an informal and interactive discussion on 21st-century threats and challenges. Here are five takeaways from the conference.

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Interview with Sergey Markedonov: ”NATO is not Greenpeace, it is a Defense Alliance that Approaches our Borders”
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25 May 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Interview with Sergey Markedonov: ”NATO is not Greenpeace, it is a Defense Alliance that Approaches our Borders”

In this interview, Sergey Markedonov shares his views on the Ukraine conflict and provides suggestions on how to unblock the impasse with regard to the Minsk Agreements. He also explains why, in his view, NATO enlargement was a mistake. He calls for a serious dialogue on European security between Russia and the West. Sergey Markedonov is Associate Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. He is also an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council. He has written extensively on post-Soviet conflicts in academic journals and international media.

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The Total Collapse of European Security?
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16 February 2016 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

The Total Collapse of European Security?

The Website Editor of the 'Security and Human Rights Journal' was on the ground at the 2016 Munich Security Conference, offering readers of the blog and followers on Twitter insights into the debates and events taking place in Munich. In this article, Stephanie Liechtenstein argues that the debate at the Munich Security Conference revealed a stark deterioration in relations between Russia and the West. Indeed, the impression emerged that European security was about to collapse. In order to counter this, it is argued that a diplomatic process between the West and Russia has to be initiated within the OSCE, the only organization which includes Russia as an equal partner.

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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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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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