The Marginalization of the OSCE

  • Ryszard ZiębaEmail author
Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)


The eighth chapter briefly describes the decline of the OSCE—the largest security organization in the Euro-Atlantic area, encompassing 57 states, and disposing of unique, so-called soft security ensuring instruments. This process was due to the dominant position in the entire system of NATO, an institution with hard security guarantees. Attempts to revive the OSCE were undertaken in 2010 at the Astana Summit, and then during the Ukraine crisis, in which the OSCE, as the sole multilateral institution, played a modest role in the monitoring of the cease-fire agreements concluded in Minsk in 2014 and 2015. The OSCE still has a chance of playing a greater role in the shaping of the Euro-Atlantic security system, but this would require an agreement between its principal participants, especially the western countries and Russia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Political Science and International StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

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