The Future of OSCE Field Operations (Options)
This report is the joint product of a group of twenty-one members of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions. It builds on two workshops arranged at OSCE headquarters in Vienna on 27 June and 4 November 2014 at the invitation of the special co-ordinator under the Helsinki +40 process for reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of the OSCE, Ambassador Philip McDonagh. This gave us the possibility to talk with many representatives of national delegations to the OSCE, OSCE officials and representatives of field operations. Our discussions have greatly profited from their insight.
This report is not intended to provide a mainstream analysis of OSCE field operations, and put forth recommendations that would have been accepted by everybody anyhow. Rather, its aim is to present proposals that do not (yet) enjoy consensus, in order to inform and stimulate a necessary debate.
You can download the study here.
Threat Perceptions in the OSCE Area
The network’s first project focused on "Threat Perceptions in the OSCE Area". The intention was to analyze the threat perceptions of relevant state actors in the OSCE area in the categories of "military threats", "transnational threats" and "other threats". Experts from 18 network institutions participated in the project. Each drafter contributed a country study on the threat perceptions of the government of his/her country. On the basis of the country studies, an aggregate final study was produced.
For more information, please download the study "Threat Perceptions in the OSCE Area" published in Vienna, 29 April 2014.