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Second Day of Munich Security Conference Discusses Possible Military Reinforcement of NATO
Photo: MSC/Kuhlmann
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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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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The upcoming OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Kiev: A chance to create a united security community?
Photo: OSCE/Jonathan Perfect
27 November 2013 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

The upcoming OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Kiev: A chance to create a united security community?

This year’s OSCE Ministerial Council (MC) meeting is scheduled to take place in Kiev, Ukraine, on 5 and 6 December. As with every year, there are a number of draft MC decisions in all three security dimensions on the table that are currently being negotiated in the respective committees in Vienna. And as with every year, many of them will be debated until the last minute, making it difficult to anticipate exact results at this stage. However, a number of cautious predictions can be made, although this year external political events might have an impact on the MC meeting as well. One key external event is the EU Eastern Partnership Summit which will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 28 and 29 November, just one week prior to the OSCE MC meeting in Kiev.

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2 December 2010 - Harry Hummel, Director Netherlands Helsinki Committee - 0

OSCE summit: the mountain gives birth to a mouse

The end of the 1, 2 December OSCE summit looked a farce: journalists and other observers hanging out from 1 PM, the scheduled end time, till midnight for the 'Astana commemorative declaration' to be presented. At last the mountain had given birth to a mouse... Better than nothing? Probably yes.

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The Spirit of Astana
Photo: OSCE/Vladimir Trofimchuk
1 December 2010 - Dr. Walter Kemp, Editor Security and Human Rights & Director Europe and Central Asia International Peace Institute - 0

The Spirit of Astana

It's freezing cold in Astana, but it seems that within the OSCE some old conflicts are starting to thaw. The very fact that the OSCE is holding its first summit since Istanbul in 1999 and may reach consensus on a political declaration for the first time in eight years are signs that a sense of common purpose is starting to prevail.

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Only in Kazakhstan 29 November 2010 - Adam Svenne - 0

Only in Kazakhstan

New Yorkers complain about traffic jams during the opening of the UN General Assembly. Spare a thought for the people of Kazakhstan. With 56 OSCE heads of state coming to town for the Astana Summit, not only will ground transport be disrupted. Space travel is also being rearranged. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft, with Russian and American astronauts on board, has been asked to return to earth sooner than scheduled in order to ensure security of the airspace over the summit.
But the news is not all bad for the people of Kazakhstan. While summit participants will no doubt take home Astana Summit souvenirs, a Kazakh entrepreneur has produced a special cottage cheese including the OSCE logo and a seal of approval from the Chairmanship. Let's hope there will be other deliverables that have a longer shelf life.

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