Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine has fundamental consequences for the OSCE. Participating States...
Strengthening the OSCE through Enhanced EU-OSCE Cooperation
Can the OSCE be regenerated through enhanced cooperation with the EU, and if so, how?
China: A Challenge or an Opportunity for the OSCE?
China has become a significant actor in the OSCE area at a time of deep divisions among participating States.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Implications for the OSCE
Since its inception in late 2013, China’s Belt and Road Initiative has grown into a vast global development project with increasing geopolitical and geo-economic implications. By 2020, Belt and Road co-operation involved more than half of the OSCE’s 57 participating...
Economic Diplomacy and Connectivity: What Role for the OSCE?
Economic connectivity has been at the heart of the OSCE’s Second Dimension for more than four decades. The Second Dimension may not always have received the attention that it deserves, but the successes that the OSCE has had in using the tools of economic diplomacy to...
National and International Instruments of Minority Protection in Europe
National and international instruments of minority protection in Europe form a multi-layered framework that establishes minority protection not as a choice but as both a legal obligation and a pragmatic necessity. In this report, commissioned by the Institute for...
Twenty Years On and Twenty Years Ahead
While resistance to HCNM involvement is likely to increase in an era in which sovereignty concerns all too often trump concerns over human and minority rights, this does not make the institution of the HCNM itself irrelevant — on the contrary. I argue in this article that there are three areas in which the HCNM has a future role to play: monitoring, preventive quiet diplomacy, and policy transfer.
The Transnistrian Issue: Moving Beyond the Status-Quo
The EU has a clear opportunity to contribute to the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict and prove itself an effective conflict manager and actor for stability and security in its own neighbourhood. This is a task that is not without challenges, but these challenges are of such a nature that the EU can, and must, confront them.
Twenty Years On: The Continuing Relevance of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
Given the persistence of minority-majority tensions and conflict across the OSCE area and beyond, the institution of the High Commissioner on National Minorities remains as relevant today as twenty years ago, and I see three specific areas in which the HCNM has a future role to play: monitoring, preventive quiet diplomacy, and policy transfer.