New thinking about ‘frozen’ conflicts Dov Lynch 1 Why has so little progress occurred towards settling the conflicts of the former Soviet Union? Part of an answer lies with our understanding of these conflicts, which has been wrapped in myths. In this at least, current discussions on the utility of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe ( OSCE ), within the Panel of Eminent Persons and between Participating States, represent an opportunity to think afresh about the conflicts that affect the OSCE space. This paper is divided into three parts. The first section will examine the myths that frame our understanding of the conflicts in the former Soviet Union. A second part sets out questions that need to be addressed to approach these conflicts anew. A final section considers where and how to move forward. The conflicts discussed are those opposing the central governments of Georgia, Moldova and Azerbaijan in the separatist regions of South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh. 2 Tensions elsewhere in Europe, such as in the Basque region and in Northern Ireland, occur in a different context and are different in nature. Conventional wisdom Three pieces of conventional wisdom have led thinking and
Helsinki Monitor (in 2008 continued as Security and Human Rights) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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