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Five Takeaways from the OSCE (In)Security Days in Prague
Photo: OSCE/Lubomir Kotek
31 May 2017 - Christian Nuenlist* - 0

Five Takeaways from the OSCE (In)Security Days in Prague

The official motto of the OSCE Security Days in Prague on 18-19 May 2017 was "Countering fragmentation and polarization" with the aim of "re-creating a climate for stability in Europe". The "OSCE Security Days" are OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier's brainchild. He launched this particular dialogue forum in June 2012 with the aim of bringing together experts from government, think tanks and academic institutions, civil society, youth, and media to engage in an informal and interactive discussion on 21st-century threats and challenges. Here are five takeaways from the conference.

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Ukraine a game-changer for the future of European security? The OSCE’s role as a regional arrangement of the United Nations
Photo: OSCE/Jonathan Perfect
19 June 2014 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Ukraine a game-changer for the future of European security? The OSCE’s role as a regional arrangement of the United Nations

On 27 May, the OSCE hosted a Security Day Conference on the topic of "the OSCE and Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter: Confronting Emerging Security Challenges in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Space." This latest event is part of a series of Security Day Conferences that look at how security can be improved in the OSCE area and beyond from multiple perspectives, involving multiple stakeholders. The events represent a considerable effort by the OSCE to ensure more transparency, to open up to a wider audience and include ideas not only from government representatives but also from researchers, academics and NGO representatives. The aim of the conference was to engage high-level panelists and a wide audience (including people following the conference via the live stream and social media) in a debate on how the OSCE can best support the UN as a regional arrangement in the current security context. The conference focused on the Organization's role in the areas of conflict prevention (early warning and early action) and conflict resolution (mediation), also taking into account the current crisis in Ukraine.

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OSCE Security Day Conference on Approaches to Conflict Resolution
Photo: OSCE/Curtis Budden
21 October 2013 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

OSCE Security Day Conference on Approaches to Conflict Resolution

On 16 September 2013, the OSCE Secretary General hosted a one-day conference in Vienna on the topic of “promoting lasting solutions – approaches to conflict resolution in the OSCE area.” The event was part of a series of conferences in the framework of the OSCE Security Days, launched for the first time in 2012 at the initiative of the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier. The event was organized around four thematic panels addressing conceptual and practical approaches to conflict resolution, existing and potential mechanisms for conflict resolution, contributions of multilateral organizations to international peace operations and building infrastructures for peace. The opening and first sessions were open to the public, the rest of the conference was held under the Chatham House Rule.

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Libya applies to become an OSCE Partner for Cooperation
Photo: OSCE/Micky Kroell
25 June 2013 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Libya applies to become an OSCE Partner for Cooperation

The 2013 Security Days conference on the role of the OSCE in the 21st century (see separate blog on this topic), which was held on 17 and 18 June in Vienna, served as a platform for Libya to present its application to become an OSCE Partner for Cooperation. Mohamed Imhammed Abdul-Aziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya, submitted his country’s application during the panel on “challenges stemming from security developments in the OSCE neighborhood.” Libya has taken part in the past in meetings of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), but eventually pulled out and only Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan became OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation. It would be a positive development for Libya to be finally included in the OSCE Partnership for Cooperation.

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Successful OSCE Security Days on the role of the OSCE in the 21st century
Photo: OSCE/Micky Kroell
24 June 2013 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Successful OSCE Security Days on the role of the OSCE in the 21st century

On 17 and 18 June, the OSCE Secretary General, Lamberto Zannier, hosted an impressive two-day event in Vienna on the role of the OSCE in the 21st century. Launched for the first time in 2012, the so-called OSCE Security Days serve as a forum for dialogue between the OSCE on the one hand and prominent practitioners and experts from think tanks, civil society, academia, media and youth organizations on the other hand. The 2013 Security Days conference gathered around 400 participants from 60 countries. Discussions were held in a very transparent manner. The entire event was web-streamed live and four large screens in the conference hall displayed Twitter posts that addressed questions and comments directly to the respective panels. A Q and A session was held at the end of each panel, thus facilitating an interactive discussion and active participation from the floor. The conference consisted of eight panels that could roughly be divided into two parts. The first part dealt with current security threats inside and outside the OSCE region. The second part focused on finding new and innovative ways to address those threats, particularly through the OSCE.

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