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Austrian OSCE Chairmanship pushes for strengthening of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
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20 February 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Austrian OSCE Chairmanship pushes for strengthening of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine is currently the only large-scale international presence on the ground in eastern Ukraine. The more than 600 OSCE monitors report regularly about ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine and have thus become "the eyes and ears" of the international community on the ground. The OSCE SMM is composed of civilian, unarmed monitors, seconded by the 57 OSCE participating States. Maintaining the security of the OSCE monitors is thus of vital importance.

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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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First Day of Munich Security Conference: Will the Trump Presidency Serve as a Catalyst to Strengthen NATO and the EU?
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17 February 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

First Day of Munich Security Conference: Will the Trump Presidency Serve as a Catalyst to Strengthen NATO and the EU?

This year's Munich Security Conference opened amid major uncertainty about American foreign policy and about the future of the transatlantic partnership. As Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, said in his opening remarks, "Europeans are impatient to find out about the future of the transatlantic alliance." He also expressed hope that on Sunday morning, when the conference ends, "some of the worries can be eliminated."

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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 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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