CORE is a department of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), which was established in 1971. The IFSH has about 50 employees and is headed by its Director, Prof. Michael Brzoska. From its inception, the IFSH has made regular contributions to research on the CSCE/OSCE process. This, in turn, paved the way for the creation of CORE, which was founded on 6 January 2000. German Federal President Johannes Rau and OSCE Secretary General Jan Kubis attended the opening ceremony. CORE is headed by Dr Wolfgang Zellner.
CORE is a politically independent think tank, combining basic research on the OSCE with capacity-building projects and lecturing. CORE addresses political actors, the academic community and the interested broad public. It seeks to contribute to a realistic assessment of the capacities and limitations of the OSCE. Much of CORE’s work concerns the transition processes in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Important activity areas of the OSCE have been the subjects of CORE research projects. CORE frequently produces OSCE-related analyses and policy papers. It is also the publisher of the OSCE Yearbook. As a capacity-building institution, CORE had a leading role in conceptualizing and founding the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. A particular specialty of CORE is conducting tailor-made training courses for incoming OSCE Chairmanships. CORE has also carried out mediation work, as was the case during a dialogue project in Tajikistan that aimed at improving relations between secular and moderate Islamists forces. In Germany, CORE is also a leading consultant on conventional arms control in Europe.
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