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The risk of underestimating the security problems which lie ahead in South-Eastern Europe is once more significant. This time the scope is not only the Western Balkans and the appropriate perspective not only on the level of state security. The osce and indeed the incoming osce Chair for 2016, Germany, is called upon to take this challenge seriously. But the focus of osce attention needs to be prioritised in order to focus on the osce area itself.

In: Security and Human Rights
In: Helsinki Monitor

The package of measures agreed upon at the summit in Minsk on 11–12 February 2015 1 depends on the implementation of the agreed ceasefire. The stakes are high. The high priority given to an increase in defence expenditures in Russia 2 in combination with a possible further aggressive posture may lead to a further escalation which imperfect international governance may be unable to prevent. The West needs longer-term cooperative solutions. Isolating Russia cannot be the objective. The combined impact of restrictive measures, the oil price and non-decisions to cooperate may have devastating consequences for Russia – and the West. The osce participating states agreed at the Astana summit in 2010 to reaffirm the principles and commitments since the inception of the csce process 40 years ago. But the way forward in addressing common-ground concerns so far remains blocked. This is tragic from the perspective of the wider human security agenda.

In: Security and Human Rights