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6 June 2017 - Walter Kemp* - 0

We Need to Talk: Fostering Dialogue Between Russia and the West

Europe is more unstable than it has been for generations. Some say that it has not been this dangerous since the Cold War. But at least during the Cold War the conflict was structured and there was a degree of predictability—even if it was Mutually Assured Destruction. Today the situation is unpredictable and unstructured. The rule of law and the laws of war have been bent or broken. Furthermore, there is almost no dialogue between Russia and the West. To avoid war there must be dialogue.

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Interview with Sergey Markedonov: ”NATO is not Greenpeace, it is a Defense Alliance that Approaches our Borders”
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25 May 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Interview with Sergey Markedonov: ”NATO is not Greenpeace, it is a Defense Alliance that Approaches our Borders”

In this interview, Sergey Markedonov shares his views on the Ukraine conflict and provides suggestions on how to unblock the impasse with regard to the Minsk Agreements. He also explains why, in his view, NATO enlargement was a mistake. He calls for a serious dialogue on European security between Russia and the West. Sergey Markedonov is Associate Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. He is also an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council. He has written extensively on post-Soviet conflicts in academic journals and international media.

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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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Interview with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz
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13 January 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 1

Interview with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz

As Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz assumes the function of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, he shares in this interview his personal views on the main strengths of the OSCE, provides an impression of his visit to the frontline in eastern Ukraine at the beginning of the year, and explains how Austria's neutrality can help to act the country as a bridge-builder between East and West. He also talks about the necessity to work together towards a greater understanding among OSCE states to find common ways on how to adapt politico-military tools to today's challenges, for example by modernizing the Vienna Document and by reinvigorating conventional arms control.

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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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Nagorno-Karabakh: A dangerous conflict that could spiral out of control
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5 May 2016 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Nagorno-Karabakh: A dangerous conflict that could spiral out of control

On 2 April, fighting broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, killing well over a hundred people in the space of four days and reigniting a 'frozen' conflict that has been going on between Armenians and Azerbaijanis for almost three decades. This recent military escalation shows that there is a real risk for this 'frozen' conflict to remain 'hot' for a while. Another, more serious military confrontation may in fact be imminent. There is also a risk for Russia and Turkey to be drawn into a proxy war. Hence, a diplomatic push is needed to help diffuse tensions. The OSCE, under the leadership of its current German Chairmanship, should therefore come to the forefront with strong initiatives, together with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.

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