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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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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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“OSCE, keep going!”
Photo: OSCE/Evgeniy Maloletka
27 April 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

“OSCE, keep going!”

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) is the only organization on the ground in eastern Ukraine that provides impartial facts about a confusing conflict that has been going on since 2014. During the past three years, the OSCE SMM has performed essential work in a dangerous conflict environment for which it receives far too little attention and recognition. The roughly 600 international, unarmed, civilian OSCE monitors go on patrol daily in the Donbass region to monitor the ceasefire that has been agreed upon in the Minsk Agreements. Last Sunday, such an OSCE patrol ended in a fatal incident.

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How to Train Human Rights Monitors in Ukraine: The ODIHR Way
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21 April 2017 - Marc Van Gool* - 0

How to Train Human Rights Monitors in Ukraine: The ODIHR Way

In 2015 the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started a multi-year programme to strengthen dialogue among civil society and with key government stakeholders in order to bolster security in Ukraine. The programme itself consists of numerous smaller projects, focusing on human rights, democratization, and tolerance and non-discrimination. This article by guest author Marc Van Gool explores the method that was used by ODIHR to build the capacity of civil society organizations in Ukraine to monitor human rights.

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Austrian OSCE Chairmanship pushes for strengthening of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
Photo: OSCE/Evgeny Maloletka
20 February 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Austrian OSCE Chairmanship pushes for strengthening of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine is currently the only large-scale international presence on the ground in eastern Ukraine. The more than 600 OSCE monitors report regularly about ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine and have thus become "the eyes and ears" of the international community on the ground. The OSCE SMM is composed of civilian, unarmed monitors, seconded by the 57 OSCE participating States. Maintaining the security of the OSCE monitors is thus of vital importance.

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Interview with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz
Photo: Stephanie Liechtenstein
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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