BOOK REVIEW Peace and Security in the Postmodern World: The OSCE and conflict resolution, Dennis J.D. Sandole, Routledge 2007, ISBN 10:0-415-40077-5, 260 pages Walter Kemp 1 In Peace and Security in the Postmodern World , Dennis Sandole sets out to explore the ‘goodness-of-fit’ between academics and diplomats who are trying to build a more peaceful Europe. He unwittingly succeeds. What this book reveals is that Sandole, like diplomats accredited to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ( OSCE ), has spent more than a decade trying to build a security architecture for Europe that has limited relevance for real threats and challenges to the continent. The basic premise is noble. In the early 1990s, Sandole drew up a blueprint for a new European peace and security system to prevent ‘future Yugoslavias’. It is based on three pillars corresponding to the OSCE ’s traditional three security baskets: NATO / NACC to cover hard security; the EU / EFTA for the economic and environmental dimension; and the Council of Europe for the human dimension. OSCE principles provide common foundations, and its broad membership, consensus-based approach and forum for dialogue provide the common roof. The scaffolding was erected in
Helsinki Monitor (in 2008 continued as Security and Human Rights) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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