Projects 2017

OSCE Confidence Building in the Economic and Environmental Dimension: Current Opportunities and Constraints

The main context for the discussions under this project was the current state of relations between Russia and the West. 

The project was led by Prof. Stefan Wolff of the University of Birmingham with Ambassador Philip Remler of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C., as Principal Drafter. It embraced brainstorming meetings in Birmingham and Vienna, the elaboration of thirteen thematic input papers and the drafting of a final report that was launched at the Economic and Environmental Committee of the Permanent Council on 13 December 2017. 

The project was jointly sponsored by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Serbia, Slovakia and Switzerland, the University of Birmingham and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Vienna. The 2017 Austrian OSCE Chairmanship and the OSCE Secretariat made valuable contributions.

You can download the report here.

The Road to the Charter of Paris: Divergent Narratives and Lessons for the OSCE Today

The project aimed to contribute to a better mutual understanding of divergent interpretations of the recent past. 

The project was led by Dr Christian Nünlist of the Center for Security Studies at the ETH Zurich and Prof. Juhana Aunesluoma of the Network for European Studies at the University of Helsinki. An oral history workshop took place in Paris on 5 September 2017, the organization of which was strongly supported by the Institut français des relations internationales (ifri). Participants were historians and eye-witnesses of the drafting process of the Charter of Paris, including Wilhelm Höynck, Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Anatolii Adamishin, John Maresca, Pierre Morel, Jerzy Nowak, Stefan Lehne, Marianne von Grünigen, Markku Reimaa, William H. Hill, Andrei Zagorski and Barend ter Haar. The draft report was discussed among representatives of the OSCE Network on 6 November 2017 in Vienna. The final report ends with a small set of recommendations and was launched at a side event of the 24th OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Vienna on 7 December 2017. 

The project was jointly sponsored by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Serbia, Slovakia and Switzerland. 

You can download the report here

Projects 2016

European Security - Challenges at the Societal Level

Joint research and discussions under the project "European Security – Challenges at the Societal Level" were bundled in two workshops held in Geneva and Moscow in May and October 2016 with representatives of sixteen OSCE Network institutes, other research institutes and government officials.

The outcome of the project was a paper written by a group of authors with key drafter Wolfgang Zellner. The paper builds on sixteen studies on national security policy narratives written by the members of this group. An important finding from these narratives is that they do not exactly match the standard Russian and Western standpoints that are largely mutually exclusive and lay blame for all evil on the other side. The debate over Russia revealed very different approaches. The paper ends with a small set of recommendations and was launched at a side event of the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Hamburg in December 2016.

The project was jointly sponsored by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Finish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

You can download the paper here

Protracted Conflicts in the OSCE Region: Innovative Approaches for Co-operation in the Conflict Zones

With Philip Remler as the head of project the objective was to provide a menu of innovative ways in which the

international community can engage with all sides in the four so-called “frozen conflicts” - protracted conflicts on the territory of the former USSR that include the Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transdniestria conflicts . The project was a collective effort of more than a dozen member institutions of the OSCE Network and about forty participants of a workshop conducted in Vienna in July 2016. The project’s final report was elaborated by a group of sixteen experts with Philip Remler of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C. as principal drafter. The paper was launched in Hamburg in parallel with the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in December 2016. The project was sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office.

You can download the report here

Projects 2015

Reviving Co-operative Security in Europe through the OSCE

In December 2015 the Network published the report "Reviving Co-operative Security in Europe through the OSCE" with recommendations on various OSCE related issues for the Panel of Eminent Persons based on questions initially formulated by the three states of the OSCE 2015 Troika Switzerland, Serbia and Germany.

The report was presented at the Belgrade Security Forum on 1 October 2015 and will be handed over to the Panel of Eminent Persons on the following day.

Project head: Dr Teija Tiilikainen, the Director of the Finnish Institute for International Relations (FIIA)

Please follow the link to download the report.

Projects 2014

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.