RISK Study Outreach Project
Wolfgang Zellner, CORE/IFSH
This project aimed to promote the findings of the OSCE Network Report “Reducing the Risk of Conventional Deterrence in Europe: Arms Control in the NATO-Russia Contact Zones,” published in 2018.
The RISK report was compiled by 17 researchers from 7 OSCE participating States. It focuses on the risks associated with the re-emergence of conventional and nuclear deterrence in Europe and proposes an innovative approach of sub-regional arms control to stabilize the NATO-Russia deterrence relationship. The outreach project was intended to discuss the report with relevant Track I and Track II representatives from across the OSCE region.
The presentations triggered lively and at times heated debate among the participants, who included diplomats from various countries, representatives of international organizations, researchers, and media representatives. The report was translated into Russian to reach a broader Russian-speaking audience. Download publication in Russian.
- Public Panel Debate: Deterrence, Risks & Uncertainty – Norway, NATO and Russia in the High North, co-organized by the Centre for Peace Studies, UTSYN – Forum for Utenriksog Sikkerhet, YATA Norge and Tromsö Militaere Samfunn, Tromsö, 20 November
- Reducing the Risks of Conventional Deterrence in Europe: Arms Control in the NATO-Russia Contact Zones, organized by the Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow, 24 October
- Roundtable: Reducing the Risks of Conventional Deterrence in Europe: Arms Control in the NATO-Russia Contact Zones, co-organized by CORE/IFSH and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation EU Office Brussels, Brussels, 16 October
- Arms Control in the NATO-Russia Contact Zones, hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C., 24 September
- Crisis Escalation in NATO-Russia Contact Zones? Assessing Arms Control and Conventional Deterrence in Europe, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Massachusetts, 23 September
- Brown Bag Lunch: Arms Control in the NATO-Russia Contact Zones, co-organized by CORE/IFSH, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Center for Security Studies of ETH Zurich (CSS), Bern, 12 June
- Power Breakfast on Reducing the Risks of Conventional Deterrence in Europe, co-organized by CORE/IFSH and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Vienna, 12 February
- Public hearing of the Sub-Committee for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation of the German Bundestag, titled “Regionale Stabilität? Konventionelle und nukleare Rüstung und Abschreckung in Mittel- und Osteuropa heute. Möglichkeiten für Rüstungskontrolle und Abrüstung” (Regional Stability? Conventional and Nuclear Armament and Deterrence in Central and Eastern Europe Today: Possibilities for Arms Control and Disarmament), Berlin, 15 May. Wolfgang Zellner addressed the dangers of a return of deterrence scenarios to Europe and offered approaches to stabilizing the NATO-Russia deterrence relationship with sub-regional arms control, mainly building on and adapting existing agreements.