Not too long ago, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was held in the highest regard by President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s administration, in large part because Astana chaired the group in 2010. Now, the OSCE is an object of Kazakhstan’s contempt.
US and European Union diplomats will be looking to reinvigorate the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe when a Ministerial Council meeting convenes in Vilnius, Lithuania, on December 6-7. High on the meeting agenda is a proposal to create a diplomatic rapid reaction team.
Police reforms are ineffective in Central Asia, according to a report released April 11 that evaluates OSCE-sponsored programs which encourage regional law-enforcement agencies to adhere to the rule-of-law.
As Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis addressed the OSCE Permanent Council on January 13, speaking in his capacity as the new OSCE Chairman-in-Office, he was be keenly aware of the challenges facing Lithuania’s chairmanship in the coming year.
As Kazakhstan ended its chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and passed the baton to Lithuania on January 13, Astana celebrated what it portrayed as a job well done during a challenging year.
A geopolitical standoff, involving primarily Russia and the United States, garnered most of the attention at the early December summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The diplomatic cables downloaded clandestinely from a U.S. government network and published last week without authorization by the activist website WikiLeaks have shone a major spotlight on Turkmenistan and served to validate the reporting done by exile groups about their homeland. The cables from 2009 and early 2010 expose not only the closed society of Turkmenistan, but the use of the U.S.
At a wee-hours news conference December 3 in Astana, Kazakhstan's President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, tried to put a positive spin on what turned out to be a loopy Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe summit.
The first day of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe summit in Kazakhstan produced consensus on the need to address security threats. But as participants prepared for the final day of the gathering, deep divisions remained on key democratization issues, including human rights standards.