Successful Small States in the osce and the German Chairmanship of 2016

In: Security and Human Rights
Christian Nünlist Head of the think tank team ‘Swiss and Euro-Atlantic Security’, Center for Security Studies ( css), eth, Zurich.

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The German chairmanship in 2016 will be an interesting diplomatic experiment for the osce. Germany is the most powerful osce participating state ever at the helm of the organization in its 20-year history. Previously, small states have predominantly held the voluntary osce presidency. This article reviews the performance of osce small states in chairing the organization since 1995. Both the motives for campaigning for the job as well as the factors that have determined whether the 12-month presidency job was done successfully or not, are analyzed. The article concludes with a warning against setting the expectations too high for the 2016 German chairmanship.

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