On 3 December 2014, Frank Evers (CORE), Barend ter Haar (Clingendael, Netherlands), Oleksandr Tytarchuk (FPRI, Kyiv) and Wolfgang Zellner (CORE) launched the OSCE Network study "The Future of OSCE Field Operations (Options)". The launching event, moderated by OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, was part of the "OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference 2014" - a NGO event complementary to the 2014 OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Basel. It was also attended by Ambassador Philip McDonagh, Head of the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the OSCE, Ambassador Fred Tanner, Senior Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General, and Claus Neukirch, Deputy OSCE CPC Director.
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The “OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions” has published a study on “Threat Perceptions in the OSCE Area”. The subject of this study is an analysis of a broad spectrum of threat perceptions that governments have and a comparison among them. This may provide background information for the OSCE’s Helsinki + 40 process. The study is based on 18 country reports from institutes and think tanks of participating States that are well distributed over the OSCE area. It was presented on 29 April 2014, at the invitation of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship, during a Helsinki + 40 meeting in the Vienna Hofburg.
The elaboration of the present study would not have been possible without the generous support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The authors and the participating institutes express their sincere gratitude for the financial and intellectual support received.
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The OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions and the Diplomatic Acadamy Vienna held a Panel Discussion titled "Ukraine/Crimea: Crisis as usual or new european divide?".
The crisis in Crimea has developed into a more general conflict
between Russia and the West. The future of Europe is uncertain
to a degree not seen since the early 1990s. This raises a number of
difficult questions, and even raising the right questions is difficult:
- What options exist for the further development of Ukrainian-Russian relations including the status of Crimea?
- How did we get from a co-operative security policy approach to the current situation characterized by deep tensions?
- Did we create bad precedents?
- Did we apply the OSCE principles and norms in the wrong
- What opportunities were missed?
- Where were wrong turns taken?
- Is there still a possibility of returning to co-operative policies via the vision of a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community?
- How could this be achieved?
- What can the OSCE contribute to the re-establishment of co-operative security relations?
These and many more questions were discussed by a panel of
members of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic
Please view the full length discussion as videostream on the official OSCE website: www.osce.org/cio/116863
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.