Towards a More Strategic Partnership: Strengthening the OSCE through Enhanced EU-OSCE Cooperation

David Galbreath, Stefan Wolff, André Härtel

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With Europe’s security order becoming ever more fragile, the EU and the OSCE face verydifferent political and structural challenges. While the EU’s new Strategic Compass emphasizesits aspirations to become a genuine security actor, the OSCE faces erosion of the participatingStates’ consensus on values and weakened executive structures and institutions. Can the OSCEbe regenerated through enhanced cooperation with the EU, and if yes, how? In this article,we argue that the accelerated rise of the EU as a security actor should not be achieved at theexpense of the OSCE. Rather, cooperation between both organizations should focus on (1)strengthening the OSCE as an autonomous security organization, (2) using the OSCE as agenuine forum for dialogue and mutual assurance, and (3) capitalizing on the main strengths ofboth organizations while avoiding duplication.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalOSCE Insights
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2021


  • OSCE
  • European Union
  • European security
  • strategic partnership
  • inter-organizational co-operation

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