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The OSCE: Soft Security for a Hard World

Competing Theories for Understanding the OSCE

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Roberto Dominguez

This book explores why the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) remains a largely unknown entity as far as the general public are concerned, despite its significant day-to-day activity not only on the diplomatic front, but also via its 16 field operations.
While the main achievement of its predecessor, the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), was to bridge the East-West divide in Europe during the Cold War, the CSCE was transformed into the OSCE in 1995 to respond to the various challenges generated by the emergence of a multipolar world. Ever since, the OSCE has been involved in diplomacy, empowered with instruments of persuasion rather than coercion. Is the OSCE a significant regional organization in dealing with international security? Has the OSCE been able to reinvent itself to face the post-Cold War world? What type of security is the OSCE providing to its member states? This book provides a variety of answers based on different theoretical perspectives and invites the reader to reflect on the nature of soft power within international relations.
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With the financial support from the Global Governance Program of the European University Institute.

The book was subject to a double blind refereeing process.No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by print, photocopy, microfilm or any other means, without prior written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved.© P.I.E. PETER LANG s.a.Éditions scientifiques internationalesBrussels, 20141 avenue Maurice, B-1050 Brussels, Belgiumpie@peterlang.com; www.peterlang.comISSN 0944-2294ISBN 978-2-87574-108-0 (paperback)ISBN 978-3-0352-6388-6 (eBook)D/2014/5678/09

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