On the occasion of the Second Plenary Meeting of the OSCE Network, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the OSCE Network jointly arranged a panel discussion with Gernot Erler, Special Representative of the German Federal Government for the OSCE Chairmanship 2016, on “Expectations of OSCE Efforts and the 2016 German Chairmanship.”
The panelists were Hüseyin Bagci (Turkey), Damba Ganbat (Mongolia), Sonja Stojanović Gajić (Serbia), Barbara Kunz (France), Philip Remler (USA) and Andrei Zagorski (Russia). The event was concluded with a reception given by Hamburg’s First Deputy Mayor Katharina Fegebank.
The event was attended by representatives of 40 of the 54 member institutions of the OSCE Network at the time, the German OSCE Chairmanship, the OSCE Documentation Centre and the OSCE Secretariat. The Plenary Meeting was used to elect new members to the Steering Committee and the new Network Coordinator. The members of the Steering Committee were Ambassador Jim Collins (USA), Sonja Stojanović Gajić (Serbia), Christian Nünlist (Switzerland), Andrei Zagorski (Russia) and Wolfgang Zellner (Germany). Wolfgang Zellner was re-elected as Network Coordinator.
The project was implemented by a group of 21 contributors, including CORE representatives. It was coordinated by Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), who also wrote a summary report. As suggested by the Panel of Eminent Persons, the project aimed to analyze pre-formulated questions dealing with the functions and future of the OSCE. The summary report was presented and handed over to the Panel of Eminent Persons at the Belgrade Security Forum in October 2015.
The second project of the OSCE Network, this study was the joint production of a group of 21 researchers of OSCE Network member institutions and dealt with proposals that do not enjoy consensus within the OSCE. It aimed to stimulate necessary debate in the OSCE at a time when field operations were confronted with a new dimension of challenges, such as in Ukraine. The 2014 Swiss Chairmanship did in fact make use of the project for discussions within the Helsinki +40 process.
The study built on two workshops arranged at OSCE headquarters in Vienna on 27 June and 4 November 2014 at the invitation of Ambassador Philip McDonagh, the special coordinator under the Helsinki +40 process for reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of the OSCE. OSCE Network representatives launched the study at the “OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference 2014” – an NGO event that complemented the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Basel, which was also attended by OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier.
- Second Brainstorming Meeting on “The Future of OSCE Field Operations (Options),” Vienna, 4 November
- First Brainstorming Meeting on “The Future of OSCE Field Operations (Options),” Vienna, 27 June
Launched in 2013, this was the very first of the OSCE Network’s activities. It analyzed threat perceptions of 18 governments and related experts in the OSCE area. At the invitation of the 2014 Swiss OSCE Chairmanship, several Network representatives gave a presentation of the study at a Helsinki +40 meeting at the Vienna Hofburg on 29 April 2014.
- Workshop “Threat Perceptions in the OSCE Area,” Vienna, 31 March/1 April
- Panel Discussion on “Ukraine/Crimea: Crisis as Usual or New European Divide?” Vienna, 31 March
The OSCE Network was launched by a group of 16 institutes in Vienna on 18 June 2013 within the framework of the OSCE Security Days, in the presence of the Secretary General, Ambassador Lamberto Zannier. Four months later, following thorough preparations, the 16 institutes reconvened on 30 October 2013 in Vienna to establish working instruments and to discuss an initial network project. A “Mission Statement” and a Steering Committee were established. Sonja Stojanović Gajić (Belgrade Centre for Security Policy), Ambassador Jim Collins (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Andrei Zagorski (Institute for World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO)), and Wolfgang Zellner (CORE) were elected as members of the Steering Committee. Wolfgang Zellner’s term as Network Coordinator was extended to two years.