EDITORIAL Twenty years ago, thirty-five participating states signed the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). A bridge between East and West was thereby constructed that help connect the winding road that would eventually take the world beyond the Cold War. Renamed the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), this multilateral body finds itself once again at an important historic watershed. With this in mind, this special issue of Helsinki Monitor commemmorates the seminal event of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act in 1975 and raises a number of questions and considerations concerning the oscE's s present and future development. In his foreword to this issue, - the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, His Excellency Laszlo Kovacs, Foreign Minister of Hungary, reviews several of the unique characteristics of the OSCE during the era of East-West confrontation and the unforeseen opportunities it created, particularly of the states of Central and Eastern Europe. This is followed by a discussion of the deliberate choice of the OSCE community of states to place preventive diplomacy at the centre of its activities. The Chairman-in-Office also takes up the crucial importance of the OSCE's comprehensive notion of security in
Helsinki Monitor (in 2008 continued as Security and Human Rights) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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