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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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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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In Switzerland’s Shadow: Summing up Serbia's 2015 OSCE Chairmanship
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11 December 2015 - Christian Nünlist* - 0

In Switzerland’s Shadow: Summing up Serbia's 2015 OSCE Chairmanship

The OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, held in Belgrade from 3 to 4 December 2015, was the final highlight of the Serbian OSCE Chairmanship of 2015. With the fading Serbian OSCE presidency, the direct co-responsibility of Swiss diplomacy for the OSCE ends as well. In this blog entry, Christian Nünlist from the Center for Security Studies at the ETH Zurich argues that Serbia deliberately decided against taking courageous political steps, and rather concentrated on maintaining the status quo of OSCE activities that Switzerland had introduced in 2014.

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Reviving Co-operative Security in Europe through the OSCE
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8 October 2015 - Dr. Teija Tiilikainen* - 0

Reviving Co-operative Security in Europe through the OSCE

The OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions has completed its report entitled 'Reviving Co-operative Security in Europe through the OSCE'. The report was presented at the Belgrade Security Forum on 1 October 2015. The OSCE Network for Think Tanks and Academic Institutions was tasked to prepare a report on cooperative security in Europe in support of the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as A Common Project (led by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger). Seventeen of the Network's institutes participated in the project that was coordinated by Dr. Teija Tiilikainen, director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and also a member of the Panel of Eminent Persons. A summary of the findings of the report follows.

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Panel of Eminent Persons Report on Ukraine: A Lot of Validity but no Real Novelty
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6 July 2015 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Panel of Eminent Persons Report on Ukraine: A Lot of Validity but no Real Novelty

On 16 and 17 June, the Core Group Meeting of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) took place in Vienna, Austria. The meeting brought together an impressive amount of high-ranking participants from governments, the private sector, media and academia, who discussed in an off-the-record setting a number of pressing, international issues. On the margins of that conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger presented to the media the OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons interim report on 'lessons learned for the OSCE from its engagement in Ukraine'. After it was not possible to reach consensus on establishing a Panel of Eminent Persons at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basle last December, the Panel of fifteen experts was nevertheless formed and was tasked by the 2015 Troika (Switzerland, Serbia and Germany) to reconsolidate European security as a common project. The Panel's interim report provides recommendations on the following five topics: (i) conflict prevention; (ii) leadership; (iii) need for a legal personality; (iv) primacy of politics; (v) capacity and cooperation.

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