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Thinking Out of the Box: OSCE Network of Think Tanks develops Options for Future OSCE Field Activities
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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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Guest Blog Entry: OSCE Crisis Management in the Ukraine Crisis
Photo: OSCE/Joana Karapataqi
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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LIVE BLOG: 21st OSCE Ministerial Council meeting consolidates role of the OSCE as a forum for dialogue between East and West
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5 December 2014 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

LIVE BLOG: 21st OSCE Ministerial Council meeting consolidates role of the OSCE as a forum for dialogue between East and West

The 21st Ministerial Council (MC) meeting in Basel revealed that eastern and western OSCE states have fundamentally differing views on Euro-Atlantic security in general and on the root causes of the Ukraine crisis in particular (see previous blog). The meeting also showed that both sides are not ready to compromise on their respective views. Western states want to firmly uphold fundamental OSCE principles. They believe that the principles and commitments are not up for renegotiation – instead their implementation should be enhanced. The Russian Federation on the other hand continues to refer to the principle of non-intervention in its internal affairs.

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LIVE BLOG: Genuine dialogue or a series of monologues?
Photo: Stephanie Liechtenstein
4 December 2014 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

LIVE BLOG: Genuine dialogue or a series of monologues?

 Today 53 foreign ministers attended the opening and first session of the OSCE Ministerial Council (MC) meeting in Basel. The first day of the MC meeting revealed that eastern and western OSCE states have fundamentally differing views on the root causes of the Ukraine crisis, however they seem to agree that the crisis has been aggravated by an erosion of trust among them.

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LIVE BLOG Your voice is heard: OSCE Chairperson-in-Office addresses civil society gathering on eve of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Basel
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3 December 2014 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

LIVE BLOG Your voice is heard: OSCE Chairperson-in-Office addresses civil society gathering on eve of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Basel

On the eve of the 21st OSCE Ministerial Council (MC) meeting, the Civic Solidarity Platform in cooperation with swisspeace (a peace research institute) presented a set of civil society recommendations to the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office as well as to all OSCE participating States. The Civic Solidarity Platform is a network of more than 60 human rights NGOs from across the OSCE region. Many of the recommendations are based on results of the work of regional OSCE civil society workshops held throughout 2014 in Belgrade, Vienna, Dushanbe, and Tbilisi. The recommendations relate to the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law in the OSCE region.

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The upcoming OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel: A chance for high-level engagement
Photo: OSCE/Mikhail Evstafiev
25 November 2014 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

The upcoming OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel: A chance for high-level engagement

The 21st OSCE Ministerial Council (MC) meeting is scheduled to take place on 4 and 5 December in Basel, Switzerland. The MC meeting, which takes place once a year in the host country of the OSCE Chairmanship, is attended by the foreign ministers or their representatives of the 57 OSCE participating States. The meetings are an opportunity to discuss the Organization's yearly achievements and should provide overall guidance and impetus for future work. The MC is mandated to take decisions on any topic relevant to the work of the OSCE. This year, the MC meeting will be dominated by the Ukraine crisis and its impact on commitments contained in the 1975 Helsinki Final Act and the 2010 Astana Declaration. It is, however, necessary to manage expectations of what can be achieved in concrete terms at the MC with regard to the Ukraine crisis. Foreign ministers will certainly not solve the crisis in Basel.

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