The way forward or is the OSCE fit for the 21st century? Gérard Stoudmann 1 1. The OSCE at a crossroad Obviously the OSCE is at a crossroad. Like other international organizations, it is challenged by a rapidly changing security environment and has to readjust to the new realities, in particular the globalization of challenges, where a purely regional concept of security policy — such as ‘European Security’ — has become largely obsolete when not considered in its global context. Today, the OSCE has become without any doubt less important on both sides of the Atlantic. In this, it is not alone as other European and Transatlantic Institutions face similar questions. Unlike these institutions however, the problem is more acute for the OSCE as it is not a ‘hard security’ organisation such as NATO , lacks the economic and structural incentives of the EU or the global character of the UN both in geographic and substantive meaning of the word and, most importantly, has seen some important elements of its activities, such as conflict management taken over gradually by more powerful actors. Therefore the urgent question is whether the Organisation can shape itself to be fit and credible
Helsinki Monitor (in 2008 continued as Security and Human Rights) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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