Time for a Helsinki 2.0?

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.

The views expressed are those of the author(s) alone. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.

Liana Fix


Liana Fix is the Program Director for International Affairs at the Körber-Stiftung. Prior to this, she was a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) with a special focus on Germany’s role in Europe, Russian foreign policy, and the South Caucasus. She was a DAAD/AICGS Fellow from October to December 2015. Previously, she was affiliated with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). In 2012/2013, she was a Mercator Fellow in International Affairs, working on European and transatlantic policy toward Russia at the German Foreign Office, the Carnegie Moscow Center, and the EU Delegation in Georgia. Ms. Fix holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a member of Women in International Security (WIIS.de).

She is a 2016-2017 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).