Information about the event in German: http://polis180.org/blog/2015/11/14/food-for-thought/
Recently I attended a discussion in Berlin on the role of the OSCE in view of the forthcoming 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship. Other participants of the discussion were Special Representative of Germany for OSCE Chairmanship Gernot Erler
, former Ambassador of Switzerland to Germany Tim Guldimann
, Head of Division for Arms Control, Non-proliferation, UN and OSCE at the German Ministry of Defence Ernst-Christoph Meier
and Frank Evers
, an excellent OSCE-expert from the Centre for OSCE Research in Hamburg.
I was invited as one of four "young experts". In my contribution to the discussion, I focused on how the OSCE can prevent new crises similar to that in and around Ukraine. I spoke particularly about the risks in Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus and Serbia. As these countries are located on the crossroads of the Russian and Western influences, and a split of their societies into the pro-Western and pro-Russian blocs is something that we already can observe. Antagonisms between these two blocs can escalate into new armed conflicts.
OSCE field missions can contribute to reducing the tensions. But a negative trend was observed in the last years. Since 2000, OSCE field operations were closed in three of these six countries, particularly in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belarus. While their authorities have been reluctant to continue cooperating with the OSCE, these countries' commitments to achieve a comprehensive security through sustainable economic growth, politico-military transparency and the respect for human rights have not yet been fulfilled.
The closure of the field operations constraints the work of the OSCE and limits its chances for success. Work on the ground is necessary for monitoring the situation in and providing assistance to the host countries. In view of the growing instability in Europe, where the crisis in and around Ukraine is an alarming example, the work of OSCE field operations is particularly crucial for averting new conflicts.
Source: Anastasia Rybachenko Personal Blog( Collapse )