OSCE Network meeting, Vienna, October 30, 2013

In accordance with the network’s regulations, members of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions held a network meeting in Vienna on 30 October 2013.

The meeting was attended by representatives of 15 member institutions as well as seven guests. It was sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office and additionally supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The International Peace Institute (IPI) was so kind as to host the meeting in its marvellous conference room in the heart of Vienna.

The agenda of the meeting included the following items:

  • Measures to structure the work of the OSCE Network (mission statement; steering committee: establishment, duration of mandate, duties and tasks, modus operandi; network coordinator: duration of mandate; duties and tasks).
  • Design of the OSCE network website.
  • Steps to implement the network project “Threat Perceptions in Europe”.
  • Further network activities, other proposals, miscellaneous issues.
  • Views on the OSCE network’s contributions to future Helsinki + 40 discussions.

In a separate session, the meeting was addressed by Ms. Andrea Rauber Saxer, Deputy Head of the Swiss Delegation, Amb. Sanja Milinković, Deputy Head of the Serbian Delegation, and Mr. Serhiy Dvornyk, member of the Ukrainian Delegation, who delivered presentations on their delegations’ views on the OSCE network’s contributions to future Helsinki + 40 discussions. The Eurasian element of the concept of a security community, as well as the impact of the developments in Afghanistan, were, inter alia, seen as relevant issues.

Inauguration Event, Vienna Hofburg, June 18, 2013

The OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions was launched at the concluding panel of the OSCE Security Days at Vienna Hofburg on 17 - 18 June 2013. The inauguration session was collectively moderated by Barend ter Haar (Clingendael, Netherlands), Paolo Raffone (CIPI, Italy), Fred Tanner (then GCSP, Switzerland, now the network’s contact person at the OSCE Secretariat), Marcin Terlikowski (PISM, Poland), Andrei Zagorski (IMEMO, Russia) and the network’s first co-ordinator Wolfgang Zellner (CORE, Germany).