The OSCE: A Forgotten Transatlantic Security Organization?
This paper describes how the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is uniquely positioned to deal with the conditions that breed terrorism in Europe and Eurasia. The author explains how the organization transformed itself following the breakup of Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union and how it has successfully established a staff of 4000 people in field missions in over 19 countries in Europe and Central Asia. The paper details how the OSCE missions have helped to end civil war in Tajikistan, constrained conflict in Ukraine, Macedonia, Moldova and Georgia, and played a major role in building civil society in post-conflict Bosnia and Kosovo. The author describes how despite of this positive track record, the OSCE is little known in the US or the UK and often seen as a rival to NATO or the EU.
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