The last years are characterized by a growing mutual distrust between Russia and EU/NATO member states. The Ukraine crisis has shaken the foundation of the post-Cold War European security order, and is still far from being solved.
There is no common understanding of the reasons of the crisis of European security, as well as a lot of uncertainty as to the future evolution of the European security order. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is one of the very few multilateral institutions, where the common ground can be found.
To address this need for a dialogue the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Science had jointly organized a Roundtable on the “The Role of the OSCE in the European Security Architecture: Challenges and Opportunities” on 31 May 2018 in Moscow, Russia. This Roundtable brought together experts from Russia, United States, Switzerland and the EU, as well as representatives of the OSCE Secretariat and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. It aimed at discussing and analyzing the positions of different experts. The Roundtable assessed the effectiveness of the OSCE's activities to prevent and resolve crisis situations in the OSCE area, discussed the ways to improve conflict resolution mechanisms and the work of the key OSCE bodies and institutions. In the evening of the same day, the ceremony of signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute of Europe and the GCSP was held at the residence of the Ambassador of Switzerland to the Russian Federation H.E. Mr Yves Rossier. The GCSP Alumni Reunion was also held in the Swiss Ambassador Residence on this occasion.