Online event on the future of the OSCE

Online, July 2022

On 1 July 2022, the OSCE Network co-convened an online event on the implications of Russia’s war against Ukraine for the OSCE. The event took place in cooperation with the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) and the OSCE, and it was supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs. Attended by 97 participants, several members of the OSCE Network presented input statements: Jelena Cupać (WZB Berlin), Steffen Eckhard and Vytautas Jankauskas (Zeppelin University), Mette Eilstrupp-Sangiovanni (Cambridge University), William Hill (Wilson Center), and Andrei Zagorski (IMEMO). Moderated by Argyro Kartsonaki (CORE/IFSH), the panelists and the audience discussed whether the OSCE can adapt to a new security environment, and what this means for the OSCE’s institutional design and for activities in areas including conflict prevention and human rights protection. In examining options for the present and the future, the panelists drew lessons from crises the CSCE/OSCE and other international organizations have faced in the past. The overall consensus among panelists and participants in the event was that it is both necessary and possible to preserve the OSCE as a key pillar in a future European security order.