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73/15: Reforming the OSCE
How do we get to a European Security Architecture including Russia?

International Conference at Evangelische Akademie Loccum, 4. - 6. December 2015

in cooperation with Centre for OSCE Research (CORE)

supported by the Prostestant Military Chaplaincy

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In order to stabilize Europe as a whole, all states of Europe need to be certain, that their neighbors will not threaten them but rather respect them as partners. The bipolar tensions with Russia seem to have considerably distanced the continent from this objective. The sensible task now is to develop long-term options for improved and renewed cooperation with Russia. At the same time, short-term opportunities for cooperation on common problems need to be identified to counter the continuing deterioration of the relationship with Russia and to at least maintain the status quo.

The CSCE (now OSCE) played an important role in overcoming the Cold War’s bipolarity. However, almost all reform initiatives since 1990 have failed to transplant its ability to safeguard collective and comprehensive security into the post-Cold War world.

Nevertheless, it was especially the OSCE, its treaties on military confidence-building, its support in negotiating the Minsk agreements, its networking of the various negotiation formats, and its missions that prevented further escalation in Ukraine.

The OSCE provides the only security policy framework that encompasses all states of Europe including Russia. Only the OSCE can monitor and contain developing conflicts, while their transformation and lasting solution appear to be tasks for a rather distant future.

How can we advance the OSCE to provide for a sustainable, resilient, crisis-proof, and collective security order including Russia? How can we re-operationalize the OSCE’s fundamental principles for a concept of collective and comprehensive security beyond the politics of blocks and spheres of privileged influence?

You are kindly invited to join our discussion!

Dr. Marcus Schaper, Conference Convener, Protestant Academy Loccum
Dr. Wolfgang Zellner, Head, Centre for OSCE Research, Hamburg
Dr. Stephan Schaede, Academy Director


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Conference languages are English and German. Translation will be provided.

Friday, December 4, 2015
15:00 h Coffee and Cake
15:30 h Conference Opening
Dr. Marcus Schaper, Protestant Academy Loccum
Dr. Wolfgang Zellner, Head, Centre for OSCE Research – CORE, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg
The European Security Order between Crisis, Stabilization, and Reform
16:00 h Russia and the West
How to move from mutual incomprehension to a common foundation for talks
Dr. Elena Ananieva, Head of Department for UK studies, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Dr. Christian Nünlist, Senior Researcher, Center of Security Studies (CSS), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich Anna Sevortian, Executive Director, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Berlin
19:30 h Perspectives for Security and Arms Control in Europe From cooperative security back to volatile deterrence?
Ambassador Dr. Günther Bächler, former Swiss Ambassador to Georgia and Armenia, Hamburg
Colonel (ret.) Wolfgang Richter, Senior Associate, Research Division International Security, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin
A. Gregory Thielmann, Senior Fellow, Arms Control Association, Washington, DC (invited)
21:00 h Gemütlichkeit on the Gallery
Saturday, December 5, 2015
OSCE-Reform and Germany’s Chairmanship in 2016
09:30 h German Focal Points after the Belgrade Ministerial Council
How should the OSCE’s capacity for conflict prevention and confidence building be strengthened?
Antje Leendertse, Head, OSCE Task Force 2016, Foreign Office, Berlin
11:00 h OSCE Support in Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Ukraine
Which lessons can be drawn from its field experience for the OSCE’s strengthening?
Martin Schuster, Policy Support Officer, OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre, Wien
Botschafter Philip Remler, former Head, OSCE Mission to Moldova, New York
13:20 h Optional: Guided Tour of the Monastery Loccum (established 1163)
15:30 h Initiatives to Stabilize the European Peace Order through the OSCE
Parallel working groups:
WG 1
“Economic Connectivity”
How could mutual economic (in-)dependence serve as a promoter of security in Europe?
Yulia Yesmukhanova, Senior Program Manager, Governance Programs, Pact Ukraine, Kiev
Dr. Frank Evers, Acting Deputy Director, Centre for OSCE Research – CORE, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg
WG 2
Confidence Building and Arms Control
How can the West lay the foundation for future talks on conventional security in Europe?
Dr. Hans-Joachim Schmidt, Senior Research Fellow, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Prof. Dr. Andrei V. Zagorski, Director, Department of Disarmament and Conflicts Regulation, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow
WG 3
Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights
How can governments and civil society jointly promote progress for the protection of minorities and freedom of media?
Peter Wittschorek, Outreach Coordinator OSCE Chairmanship 2016, Center for International Peace Operations, Berlin
WG 4
Conflict Management and Conflict Prevention
How can the OSCE be strengthened institutionally and materially?
Prof. Dr. Andrea Gawrich, Professor for International Integration with Special Focus on Eastern Europe, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
Martin Schuster, Wien
19:30 h Security Guarantees instead of NATO-Expansion How could strengthening the OSCE’s principles and an agreement on the non-use-of-force provide for peace and stability in East Central Europe?
Prof. Dr. Heinz Gärtner, Academic director, Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip), Vienna, Austria
Dr. Oleksiy Semeniy, Director, Institute for Global Transformations; Advisor to Ambassador Oleksandr Chalyi, Kyiv
21:00 h Gemütlichkeit on the Gallery
Sunday, December 6, 2015
OSCE-Reform for Dialogue, Trust and Security
09:30 h Which Concrete Reform Initiatives Could Help Achieving Germany’s Three Reform Objectives?
Discussion of the working group results
10:30 h What Progress for OSCE-Reform Is Possible in 2016? What Should Germany Do to Make it Possible? Concluding discussion
Botschafter Philip Remler, New York
Prof. Dr. Andrei V. Zagorski, Moskau
Dr. Wolfgang Zellner, Hamburg
12:30 h Lunch / End of the conference

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Conference Fees 175,- including accommodation, meals and fees.
For students (age 30 and under), and unemployed people with proper identification: € 80. Conference fees are to be paid in cash at check-in or transferred in advance to:

Kirchliche Verwaltungsstelle, account 6050 at
Evangelische Kreditgenossenschaft, routing no. 52060410
IBAN DE36520604100000006050

Please include our reference number 8478
Registration Please register with name, address, institution/organization by mail, fax or e-mail to:
      Evangelische Akademie Loccum
      Karin Hahn
      Münchehäger Str. 6
      31547 Rehburg-Loccum, Germany
      Fax +49-5766-81-99 113

Form for registration (in English) by mail or fax:
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Registrations will be confirmed by email. Should you need to cancel, please contact us as soon as possible. Cancellations after 26 November 2015 will incur penalties of € 50.
Organizer Dr. Marcus Schaper, Tel. 0 57 66 / 81-1 09
Secretary Karin Hahn,  Tel. 0 57 66 / 81-1 13
Media Contact Reinhard Behnisch,  Tel. 0 57 66 / 81-1 05
and Meals
Participants will be accommodated in single rooms or double rooms, if preferred. All meals are served at the Academy. By prior arrangement, rooms and meals may be available before and after the conference. Please indicate vegetarian preference and dietary restrictions with your registration.
Travel Loccum is located 50 kilometers west of Hanover in Lower Saxony. The nearest airport is Hanover (HAJ). The nearest train stations are in Wunstorf, Minden and Nienburg. Detailed directions will be sent to all registered participants.
Regular Timing in the Academy   8:15 Uhr Morning Prayer
  8:30 Uhr Breakfast
12:30 Uhr Lunch
Coffee/Tea Break
18:30 Uhr Dinner
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