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

Christian Nünlist, Center for Security Studies at the ETH Zurich, and Juhana Aunesluoma, Network for European Studies at the University of Helsinki

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


  • “Historical Narratives Workshop,” Vienna, 6 November 
  • Oral History Workshop “The Road to the 1990 Charter of Paris,” Paris, 5 September 

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