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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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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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22 December 2016 - Christian Nünlist and Wolfgang Zellner* - 0

A Code of Conduct for Facilitating a Return to Dialogue: New Ideas for Strengthening European Security

The 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship encouraged a project of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions to follow up on the recommendations of the Panel of Eminent Persons (PEP). The final report of the PEP ("Back to Diplomacy") had suggested in late 2015 to "consider a research project on the different narratives, on our common history, bringing together scholar from different countries and aiming to set out more systematically our divergent views of the past and how and why they developed".

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Back to Diplomacy - But How and When?
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17 February 2016 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Back to Diplomacy - But How and When?

On 14 February, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger presented the final report of the 'Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project' on the margins of the 2016 Munich Security Conference to a selected group of conference participants and media representatives. The Panel, which was established in 2014 by the OSCE Troika, suggests in its final report "the return to a robust diplomatic process designed to replace mutual recrimination with rebuilding trust" and makes some concrete recommendations. 

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Back to Diplomacy: Q and A with the German OSCE Chairmanship and the Panel of Eminent Persons
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17 February 2016 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Back to Diplomacy: Q and A with the German OSCE Chairmanship and the Panel of Eminent Persons

Side event on the margins of the Munich Security Conference, 14 February 2016. Reconsolidating European Security: A debate on the German OSCE Chairmanship and the findings of the Panel of Eminent Persons. Q and A session.

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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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