Panel Discussion: Ukraine/Crimea: Crisis as Usual or New European Divide?

The OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna held a panel discussion titled “Ukraine/Crimea: Crisis as Usual or New European Divide?”

The crisis in Crimea has evolved 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:

  • What options exist for the further development of Ukrainian-Russian relations, including the status of Crimea?
  • How did we get from a cooperative security policy approach to the current situation, which is characterized by deep tensions?
  • Have we established bad precedents?
  • Did we apply the OSCE principles and norms in the wrong ways?
  • What opportunities were missed?
  • Were any wrong turns taken?
  • Is it still possible to return to cooperative policies via the vision of a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community?
  • How might this be achieved?
  • What can the OSCE contribute to the re-establishment of cooperative security relations?

These and many other questions were discussed by a panel of members of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions.

Please view the full-length discussion as a videostream on the official OSCE website: