The Geopolitics and Geo-economics of the OSCE Region
Since 2016, I have been working on two issues in the OSCE region as part of my engagement in the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, in which I represent the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security.
The first is the broad area of confidence building within and between states in the region:
- Together with my colleague Dr Nino Kemoklidze from the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Birmingham‘s School of Government and Society, I contributed a paper on “Trade as a Confidence Building Measure” to the 2016 OSCE Network Project on “Protracted Conflicts in the OSCE Area: Innovative Approaches for Co-operation in the Conflict Zones“.
- In 2017, I directed a follow-on project on “Confidence Building Measures in the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension“. This involved two workshops: a brainstorming workshop at the University of Birmingham in July 2017 and a further drafting workshop at the OSCE in October 2017 at which initial findings were presented to officials from the OSCE Secretariat and the Austrian Chairmanship. Both workshops contributed to the final project report that I co-presented with my colleagues Ambassador Philip Remler and Dr Alexandra Vasileva at the December 2017 meeting of the Economic and Environmental Committee of the OSCE in Vienna.
- In addition, I have been working with my colleague Dr Nadja Douglas from the Centre for East European and International Studies in Berlin on a paper that examines confidence and security building measures in the context of the conflict in the Transdniestrian region of the Republic of Moldova.
Evolving from this work on confidence building, I have also become more interested in the issue of economic connectivity in the OSCE region:
- In 2018, I led another project on “Economic Diplomacy and Connectivity: What Role for the OSCE?“. Following a similar pattern of workshops as in 2017, the findings of the project were published in a report and presented at the 25th OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan on 6 December 2018. It was subsequently also translated into Russian.
- In 2020, my focus has been on “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Geopolitical and Geo-economic Implications for the OSCE” and “COVID-19: What future for economic connectivity in the OSCE region?“.