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The OSCE Network at the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg, 8-9 December 2016

Fotos: Naida Mehmedbegovic Dreilich

 

Thanks to the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the OSCE Network had the opportunity to invite around 20 members, who had cooperated on the two Network projects on European Security - Challenges at the Societal Level and Protracted Conflicts in the OSCE Area: Innovative Approaches for Co-operation in the Conflict Zones”, to Hamburg. 

The project report, “European Security – Challenges at the Societal Level”, was presented by Wolfgang Zellner (IFSH), Oleksiy Semeniy (Institute for Global Transformations, Kyiv), Barbara Kunz (Institut Français des Relations Internationales) and Philip Remler (Carnegie Endowment) in the so-called “Mixed Zone” of the Ministerial Council Meeting, moderated by Ambassador Fred Tanner, Senior Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General. Gernot Erler, the Special Representative of the German government for the German OSCE Chairmanship, emphasized in his commentary, that the report is based on 15 national narratives. The project was supported by the Foreign Ministries of Austria, Finland and Switzerland as well as the German Federal Foreign Office.

The report on the project “Protracted Conflicts in the OSCE Area: Innovative Approaches for Co-operation in the Conflict Zones”, supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, was presented by the principal drafter, Philip Remler, Nino Kemoklidze (University of Birmingham), Tanja Tamminen (Institute for East- and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg) and Hans-Joachim Schmidt (Peace Research Institute, Frank-furt) at the premises of the IFSH. Wolfgang Zellner moderated it. The report and, in particular, its recommendations, can be seen as the most broadly developed publication on this topic. 

In additional, the “networkers” and other guests discussed the three possible follow-on projects on historical narratives, a values and norms dialogue as well as economic confidence-building measures.

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