Projects & Activities

2018

Joint research and discussions were bundled in two workshops held in Hamburg and Moscow in July and November 2018 with representatives of 13 OSCE Network institutes, other research institutes and government officials. The outcome of the project was a report written by a group of authors, with Wolfgang Zellner as the principal drafter. The report focuses on risk reduction in NATO-Russia contact zones, in particular in the Baltic Sea area. 

Activities

  • Workshop “Conventional Arms Control in Europe,” Moscow, 7 November 
  • Workshop “A New Concept for Conventional Arms Control,” Hamburg, 19/20 July 

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This project aimed to discuss the results of the 2017 OSCE Network project titled “The Road to the Charter of Paris: Divergent Narratives and Lessons for the OSCE Today” in Russia. The cooperating institutions in Russia were St. Petersburg State University and the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow. Download publication in Russian.

Activities

  • Workshop “The Road to the Charter of Paris: Historical Narratives and Lessons for the OSCE Today,” Moscow, 8 November 
  • Seminar “Origins of a Cold Peace between Russia and the West: The Unfinished Cold War Settlement, 1989–2008,” a seminar with about 80 students at St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, 7 November 

This project aimed to reconstruct national perceptions of the OSCE in Central Asia, exploring the role and significance attributed to the OSCE in the foreign policies of these countries and expectations of the OSCE as a promoter of cooperative security in the Eurasian space. The first workshop took place in Almaty on 28 June 2018, with representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Cornelius Friesendorf from CORE; the second, including representatives of the OSCE field offices from the region and Jeannette Klötzer as a CORE representative, took place in Bishkek on 3 November 2018.

Activities

  • Workshop “OSCE in Central Asia: National Perceptions (Part 2),” Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 3 November 
  • Workshop “OSCE in Central Asia: National Perceptions (Part 1),” Almaty, Kazakhstan, 28 June 

The project aimed to give recommendations on how to mobilize and include religious leaders, institutions and congregations in new coalitions and frameworks of engagement. The first workshop took place in Maynooth on 13 April 2018. Representatives of the OSCE Network, the International Dialogue Centre KAICID, the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency and the OSCE Secretariat and Conflict Prevention Centre discussed the draft on 15-16 October 2018 in Vienna. The final report ends with a set of recommendations and was presented at the OSCE headquarters in Vienna in early 2019. 

Activities

  • Workshop “Religion and Conflict Prevention in the OSCE Context,” Vienna, 15/16 October 
  • Workshop “Religion, Conflict and the OSCE,” Maynooth, 13/14 April 

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The elections of the Network’s Steering Committee and Coordinators took place on 12-14 February 2018. The turnout was 79%. The new Steering Committee consists of eight members: Irina Chernykh (KISI, Kazakhstan), Barbara Kunz (IFRI, France), Marko Lehti (TAPRI, Finland), Ambassador Philip McDonagh (Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, Ireland), Ambassador Philip Remler (Carnegie, USA), Sonja Stojanović Gajić (BCSP, Serbia), Stefan Wolff (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom) and Andrei Zagorski (IMEMO, Russia).

In addition, two Network Coordinators were elected: Cornelius Friesendorf (CORE, Hamburg) and Christian Nünlist (CSS, ETH Zurich, Switzerland). 

2017

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.

Activities

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

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The main context for the discussions under this project was the current state of relations between Russia and the West. The project included brainstorming meetings in Birmingham and Vienna, 13 thematic papers, and a final report that was launched at the Economic and Environmental Committee of the Permanent Council on 13 December 2017.

Activities

  • “Confidence Building Measures in the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension, Workshop II,” Vienna, 10 October 
  • Workshop “Confidence Building Measures in the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension,” University of Birmingham, 10-11 June

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2016

In parallel with the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in December 2016, CORE arranged a series of three OSCE Network meetings to discuss further network activities in 2017. They were attended by about 15 of the 67 member institutions of the OSCE Network at the time. 

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.” 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 final report was elaborated by a group of sixteen experts, with Philip Remler as the principal drafter. The paper was launched in Hamburg in parallel with the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in December 2016. 

Activity

  • Workshop “Protracted Conflicts in the OSCE Region: Innovative Approaches for Cooperation in the Conflict Zones,” Vienna, 4 July

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Joint research and discussions were bundled in two workshops held in Geneva and Moscow in May and October 2016 with representatives of 16 OSCE Network institutes, other research institutes, and government officials. The outcome of the project was a paper that built on 16 studies on national security policy narratives, written by a group of authors with Wolfgang Zellner as the principal drafter. An important finding from these narratives is that they do not exactly match the standard Russian and Western standpoints, which are largely mutually exclusive and lay blame solely 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. 

Activity

  • Workshop “European Security – Challenges at the Societal Level,” Moscow, 31 October 

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