Reducing Military Risks through OSCE Instruments

Reducing Military Risks through OSCE Instruments

Reducing Military Risks through OSCE Instruments

Revisiting the OSCE Institutional Process and Capacities

By Anastasia Prokhorova, Master’s candidate in international relations at the Central European University (Vienna and Budapest)

Key Points

  • The role that the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) currently plays in reducing military risks in Europe and how its capacities are currently employed need to be revisited.

  • By identifying and focusing on OSCE mechanisms for risk reduction, this paper seeks to provide a plausible explanation of why the organisation’s potential is largely perceived as limited and underperforming.

  • In contrast to this perception, this paper highlights the innovative approach to security developed within the OSCE framework, while engaging with the concepts of “soft security” and “Peace as Freedom”.

Anastasia Prokhorova is a master’s candidate in international relations at the Central European University (Vienna and Budapest). Her research interests include security theory, international intervention and statebuilding, European security, international institutions, and the evolution of global norms. She has previously participated in exchange programmes with Bard College (New York State) and Berlin’s Free University and has held an internship at Oxford Analytica in New York City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. E-mail: prokhorova_anastasia@student.ceu.edu