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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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27 May 2015 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

To the Panel of Eminent Persons: The Ailing Euro-Atlantic Security Architecture: Treat the Causes not the Symptoms

The current crisis in and around Ukraine is a symptom of a much deeper crisis of the European security architecture and the role that the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) plays in it. The renewed East-West confrontation, the lack of progress on arms control issues and on how to reestablish a dialogue on co-operative security in the OSCE area, as well as the OSCE's inability to make progress regarding the protracted conflicts, and continuous disagreement about the main role of the OSCE are all symptoms of that same crisis. The Panel of Eminent Persons that has been tasked at the 2014 OSCE Basel Ministerial Council meeting with elaborating recommendations on how to reconsolidate European security, should address the root causes and not merely develop recommendations that treat the symptoms.

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INTERVIEW with Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor: Political will has to be translated into operational instructions on the ground
Photo: OSCE/Evgeniy Maloletka
24 February 2015 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

INTERVIEW with Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor: Political will has to be translated into operational instructions on the ground

On 12 February 2015 a package of measures was agreed in Minsk, which serves as an implementation plan of the September 2014 Minsk Agreements. The package of measures was signed by the Contact Group, after the so-called Normandy group of states (consisting of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) engaged in marathon negotiations in Minsk in order to bring an end to renewed bloodshed and fighting in eastern Ukraine. In this interview, Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine states that on 21 February OSCE monitors were able to enter Debaltseve for the first time. He also explains why he believes that additional technological equipment could help the unarmed civilian monitoring mission to perform its tasks efficiently, especially in light of the volatile security situation. In his opinion, what is needed the most though is that political will is translated into operational instructions on the ground.

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Guest Blog Entry: OSCE Crisis Management in the Ukraine Crisis
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18 December 2014 - Christian Nünlist, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich - 1

Guest Blog Entry: OSCE Crisis Management in the Ukraine Crisis

The Ukraine crisis has dominated the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship in 2014. Switzerland had well prepared its second OSCE presidency (after 1996). In cooperation with Belgrade, Switzerland had presented ten priorities in mid-2013. Yet, most of the planned activities suddenly became less relevant with the outbreak of a serious crisis in and around Ukraine. As Chairperson-in-Office, Swiss President Didier Burkhalter at once declared his readiness to assist the conflict parties in finding a solution to the crisis. At their Ministerial Council in 2011, OSCE states had agreed to strengthen OSCE crisis management capabilities. The Ukraine crisis thus was the first real test case for implementation of the Vilnius Decision No. 3 and an opportunity for the OSCE to play a more constructive role than during the Russian-Georgian war (2008) and the crisis in Kyrgyzstan (2010) where political consensus for effective OSCE action had been lacking.

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