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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 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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Germany takes over OSCE Chairmanship in “stormy times”, says Frank-Walter Steinmeier
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20 January 2016 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Germany takes over OSCE Chairmanship in “stormy times”, says Frank-Walter Steinmeier

On 14 January, German Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, presented the priorities of the German OSCE Chairmanship to OSCE delegations in Vienna. The address by the new OSCE Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) to the OSCE Permanent Council at the beginning of the year is an annual event. This year, the Permanent Council meeting room was packed with journalists, diplomats and high-ranking officials who eagerly awaited OSCE CiO Steinmeier's inaugural speech. Among them was Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlov Klimkin, who - through his attendance - underscored the important role of the OSCE in the management of the Ukraine crisis. Indeed, one could sense that a "political heavyweight" was taking over the Chairmanship, as Germany is "by far the most powerful OSCE participating State that has ever held the presidency of the organization". In this article, it will be argued that Germany should use its OSCE Chairmanship to offset the weaknesses of the EU and NATO in dealing with the Ukraine crisis. In its capacity as OSCE Chair, Germany presides over an organization with a broad membership and in which Russia is an equal partner. Germany can thus deal with Moscow in a more balanced way, not overshadowed by EU sanctions or military rhetoric. This may open new possibilities to ease tensions.

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The 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade: An Anniversary without Celebration
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17 December 2015 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

The 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade: An Anniversary without Celebration

On 3 and 4 December 2015, the yearly OSCE Ministerial Council (MC) meeting took place in Belgrade, Serbia. The MC meeting, which is attended by foreign ministers or their representatives of the 57 OSCE participating States, provides an opportunity to discuss the Organization's yearly achievements and gives 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's meeting in Belgrade was attended by 42 foreign ministers. The meeting was characterized by entrenched positions and it illustrated the distrust and deep divide among participating States. The Belgrade MC adopted only 5 declarations, among them on combating violent extremism and radicalization and on combating illicit drug trafficking. The fact that states were able to create consensus only on such a small number of declarations is due to the divergent views participating States hold on the root causes of the Ukraine conflict. The deep divide that this conflict has created among participating States of the OSCE had a negative influence on negotiations. In addition, a number of bilateral conflicts between states negatively influenced and overshadowed the negotiation process. In fact, a small number of states allowed their differences over other conflicts take a direct influence on the OSCE negotiation process. 

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