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.
OSCE Network Meets the Chairmanship, Hamburg, 24 February 2016
Foto: Florian Felten
On 24 February 2016, the second plenary meeting of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions took place in Hamburg. The Network Co-ordinator reported on the Network’s development since its foundation on 18 June 2013. From 16 founding members in 2013, the Network currently consists of 54 member institutes from 36 countries. The plenary meeting was used to elect new members to the Steering Committee and the new Network Co-ordinator. Members of the Steering Committee are Amb. Jim Collins, Sonja Stojanović Gajić, Dr Christian Nünlist, Prof. Andrei Zagorski and Dr Wolfgang Zellner. Dr Wolfgang Zellner has been re-elected as Network Co-ordinator.
On the afternoon of the same day, a panel discussion with Gernot Erler, the Special Representative of the German Federal Government for the OSCE Chairmanship 2016, on “Expectation of OSCE Efforts and the 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship” took place. The panellists were Prof. Hüseyin Bagci, Dr Damba Ganbat, Sonja Stojanović Gajić, Dr Barbara Kunz, Amb. Philip Remler and Prof. Andrei Zagorski.
The day was topped off with a reception given by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The event was supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.