A marriage of convenience

A marriage of convenience A marriage of convenience The OSCE and Russia in Nagorny-Karabakh and Chechnya Michael Mihalka The OSCE is the only pan-European organization with the mandate to operate throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the organization of republics of the former Soviet Union except the Baltic states. Indeed, its success as an organization depends to a large extent on how it handles con- flicts in this region. To succeed, the OSCE needs the acquiescence, if not the active support, of Russia. Therefore, the OSCE has formed a marriage of convenience with Russia over Nagomy-Karabakh and Chechnya. For its part, Russia has found it necessary to allow OSCE to operate in the cIs, either because it does not have adequate leverage over all of the parties to an interstate conflict as is the case in Nagomy-Karabakh or views it expedient to do so as in Chechnya. However, despite lip service to promoting the OSCE as an organization, Russia's acceptance of OSCE remains grudging.' At every opportunity, Russia has sought an alternative to using the OSCE, the most recent of which is the choice of mediators for the talks with the Chechen leader Dzokhar Dudayev. Nagomy-Karabakh is a largely Armenian enclave http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Helsinki Monitor (in 2008 continued as Security and Human Rights) Brill

A marriage of convenience

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Brill
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© 1996 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0925-0972
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1571-814X
D.O.I.
10.1163/157181496X00279
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Abstract

A marriage of convenience The OSCE and Russia in Nagorny-Karabakh and Chechnya Michael Mihalka The OSCE is the only pan-European organization with the mandate to operate throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the organization of republics of the former Soviet Union except the Baltic states. Indeed, its success as an organization depends to a large extent on how it handles con- flicts in this region. To succeed, the OSCE needs the acquiescence, if not the active support, of Russia. Therefore, the OSCE has formed a marriage of convenience with Russia over Nagomy-Karabakh and Chechnya. For its part, Russia has found it necessary to allow OSCE to operate in the cIs, either because it does not have adequate leverage over all of the parties to an interstate conflict as is the case in Nagomy-Karabakh or views it expedient to do so as in Chechnya. However, despite lip service to promoting the OSCE as an organization, Russia's acceptance of OSCE remains grudging.' At every opportunity, Russia has sought an alternative to using the OSCE, the most recent of which is the choice of mediators for the talks with the Chechen leader Dzokhar Dudayev. Nagomy-Karabakh is a largely Armenian enclave

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Helsinki Monitor (in 2008 continued as Security and Human Rights)Brill

Published: Jan 1, 1996

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