In particular, Prof David Galbreath’s research on the OSCE has been ongoing since 2003, with several journal articles and books on the OSCE and its institutions. This research has revolved around several issues. The first is the role of the OSCE as a minority rights protector. The OSCE goes further than any other international organization in reserving an office specifically for the attention on minority issues. This research has examined how the OSCE plays this role in relation to the larger imperatives of ethno-nationalist conflict in the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union in addition to the organization’s role in the European integration process. The underpinning argument is that the relationship between the OSCE, EU and Council of Europe form what can be referred to as an international regime to engage and protect the rights of minorities in Europe. Conceptually, this is interesting because the literature understands inter-international organization relations so little as they do not fit easily within traditional approaches to international relations in general and international regimes specifically. Prof Galbreath has been consulted by the US Department of State, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.
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