In this two-part series, DAAD/AICGS fellow Liana Fix explores both the potential and the challenges Germany faces when it embarks on the journey to reform the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and tackle the growing concern of Russia’s ambition in Europe’s Eastern neighborhood ahead of Germany’s 2016 chairmanship of the organization. Analyzing the situation and drawing lessons from the legacy of the Yalta Conference and the Helsinki Final Act, as well as the interpretations they generated for the West’s engagement with Russia, Ms. Fix lays out the challenges ahead, as Russia exhibits renewed ambition to expand its sphere of influence in Eurasia. She suggests that Germany’s reform of the OSCE needs to include new humanistic dimensions that are rooted in fundamental freedom and embody the principles of the Helsinki Final Act.
The articles originally appeared in The Intersection Project: Russia/Europe/World on September 16 and 18, 2015. Click here to read.