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Coordinators of Arms Control and CSBMs

Latest Information on Conventional Arms Control and Confidence- and Security-Building Measures in Europe, 1/2017

This page provides a broader audience of security experts and anyone interested with regular information of Conventional Arms Control (CAC) and Confidence and Security Building Measures (CSBMs).

The information is provided by the Coordinators of Arms Control and CSBMs of the OSCE-Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions: 

Hans-Joachim Schmidt (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt/Main, PRIF) and Iztok Prezelj (Faculty of Social Sciences/University of Ljubljana).

We want to inform about news, planned events, publications and documents in these fields of arms control. This page wants to enlarge and deepen the knowledge on CAC and on CSBMs as well as to provide the opportunity for further political and academic discussions in order to promote Conventional Arms Control and CSBMs in Europe and beyond. 

It will start with monthly publications during a trial-phase of six months. 

Latest News can be found under

All users are very kindly invited to contribute to the information provided here: Please inform the Coordinators Iztok Prezelj and Hans-Joachim Schmidt about news, upcoming events, publications and documents in the fields of CAC and CSBMs in and for Europe.

News and Events

News & Events

  • 19 January 2018, 7th meeting of the like-minded Group of States in Berlin: Substantial discussion on parameters of a future arms control regime in Europe. 
  • 7-8 December 2017, 24th OSCE Ministerial Council Vienna: Ambassador Eberhard Pohl presented his report. Unfortunately, the report is confidential and will be not published.
  • 8 December 2017 Vienna: Side event by the Austrian Chairmanship on the results of its CSBM workshops in 2017: A compendium on promoting military stability and security was presented but not published.
  • 8-10 November 2017 Vienna: Kick-off workshop on 'Mapping' (trends of military postures and military exercises) within the format of the OSCE Structured Dialogue on expert level from capitals: The workshop discussed military capabilities, principles, scope, application area, time frame and sources of data. Further progress will depend on the activities of the new OSCE Chairmanship (Italy).
  • 1 November 2017 Helsinki-Moscow: Telephone line opened between Finnish and Russian defence administrations for disruptions and emergency situations. See also: TASS, Russian, Finnish military establish direct exchange line to prevent incidents.
  • 19-20 October 2017 Vienna: Third Break-out Workshop on CSBM (Vienna Document 2011) under Austrian Chairmanship.The Agenda includes military to military dialogue, enhanced transparency with regard to military activities, and incident prevention and response mechanism.
  • 10 October 2017 Vienna: Fourth meeting of the OSCE Structured Dialogue. It focused on military to military contacts, a better use of OSCE instruments and trends of military postures and military exercises.
  • 29 September 2017 Berlin: Sixth meeting of the like-minded Group of States supporting a re-launch of CAC in Europe. The Group was further enlarged by the invitation of Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. It consists of 20 states now. (meeting was re-sceduled from 8 to 29 September because diplomatic activities were to dense at the former date).
  • 6-7 September Berlin: Track one and a half conference “Making Conventional Arms Control Fit for the 21st Century”. Further details and topics are to be decided. 
  • 5 September 2017 Vienna: Third meeting of the OSCE Structured Dialogue. It focused on appropriate instruments in dealing with the growing number of compliance issues and the erosion of the rule-based security order in Europe.
  • 11 July 2017 Vienna: Informal Meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, most likely including a segment on the Structured Dialogue.
  • 5 July 2017 Vienna: Joint meeting of the Forum for Security Cooperation and the Permanent Council to assess Structured Dialogue.
  • 28 June 2017 Vienna: Special Session on Structured Dialogue during the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference (ASRC 2017).
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  • 12-13 June 2017 Vienna: Second Break-out Workshop on CSBMs (Vienna Document 2011) under Austrian Chairmanship. The Agenda covered reflection of force postures and certain military activities, relevance of adapting the scope of forces and its impact on information and verification, and strengthening risk reduction mechanisms.
  • 6 June 2017 Vienna: Second meeting of the OSCE Structured Dialogue. The meeting will focus on Military Force Postures in the OSCE area. 
  • 23-26 May 2017 Astana: Training seminar for military officers on CSBM.
  • 9 May 2017 Berlin: Fifth meeting of the like minded Group of States for supporting a re-launch of CAC in Europe (no statement). The group will invite other interested states and want to go ahead with its discussions.
  • 4-5 May 2017 Vienna: Military Doctrine Seminar by the Chairman in Office (as a part of the Structured Dialogue).  
  • 18 April 2017 Moscow: Midweek Brainstorming Sessions on the prospects of conventional arms control in Europe, PIR Center (see statement below).
  • 7 April 2017 Vienna: First meeting of the Informal Working Group (IWG) Structured Dialogue on Converging and Diverging Threat Perceptions in the OSCE area.
  • 17 March 2017 Vienna: Kick-off event for the Informal Structured Dialogue at ambassadorial level. Dialogue will be under German chairmanship.
  • 1-3 March 2017 Vienna: Break-out Workshop on implementation deficits of the Vienna Document 2011 (two further Break-out Workshops are in discussion for the second half of the year, but exact dates and topics have not been decided yet).
  • 28 February/1March 2017 Vienna: Annual  Implementation  Assessment  Meeting (AIAM),
    Yearly implementation review of the Vienna Document 2011. 
  • 1 February 2017 Vienna: Special Meeting Forum for Security Cooperation (FSC) on the Modernization of the Vienna Document on two topics: Risk Reduction and Efficiency (see document below).
  • 27 January 2017 Berlin: Fourth meeting of the like-minded Group of States for CAC in Europe (no statement).
  • 23-25 January 2017 Wilton Park: Conference: Status-neutral cooperative security measures in the European context (WP1523).
  • 8-9 December 2016 Hamburg: OSCE Ministerial Council (Decision on ‘a structured dialogue on the current and future challenges and risks to security in the OSCE area to foster a greater understanding on these issues that could serve as a common solid basis for a way forward’, see document below).
  • 25 November 2016 Berlin: Third meeting of the like-minded group of conventional arms control in Europe to discuss its possible input into the OSCE Ministerial Meeting in Hamburg on 8-9 December (see statement below).
  • 4 October 2016, Vienna: Second meeting of the like-minded Group of States for CAC in Europe (enlarged to 16 states, no statement).
  • 3 October 2016 Vienna: OSCE Security Days (see documents below)
  • 16 September 2016 Berlin: First Meeting of the like-minded Group of States of CAC in Europe (9 states, no statement).
  • 1 September 2016 Potsdam: Informal Meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council. 
  • 26 August 2016: Publication of German Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s Call for a re-launch of arms control in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (see document below).

Publications and Documents

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