Quiet Diplomacy in Action: The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

Editor: Walter A. Kemp
Quiet Diplomacy in Action is the first comprehensive account of the work of Max van der Stoel as High Commissioner on National Minorities for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Because Van der Stoel worked discreetly, until now very little has been written about his activities. This book takes the reader behind the scenes to explain why the post of High Commissioner was created, what his mandate is, how he worked in practice, and what recurrent themes and issues he encountered. Quiet Diplomacy in Action also gives a detailed summary of the High Commissioner's activities in the more than fifteen countries that he was involved with between 1993 and 2001. Major documents relating to national minorities in the OSCE context are included in an annex.
As Michael Ignatieff writes in the Foreword: `Everyone talks about conflict prevention. One of the few senior figures that actually does it is the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities'. This book, written in co-operation with Mr. Van der Stoel, gives a unique insight into conflict prevention, minority rights, and the challenge of resolving inter-ethnic tensions. It should be considered a primary resource for all those interested in these subjects.

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Preface. Foreword by Michael Ignatieff. Part One: 1. Background and Origins. 2. The High Commissioner's Approach to Conflict Prevention. 3. The High Commissioner in Practice. 4. Co-operation and Support. 5. Recurrent Themes and Issues. Part Two: 6. Situations: Estonia; Latvia; Lituania; Croatia; Albania; the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia including Kosovo; Turkey; Ukraine; Moldova; Romania; Hungary; Slovakia; Roma; Georgia; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Uzbekistan; and Tajikistan. Annexes. Bibliography.