Universität Erfurt

Universität Erfurt


Diplomatic Challenges in a Multilateral Environment: EU and OSCE Engagement in the Post-Soviet Region 09.05.2019, 16:00 Uhr

Englischsprachiger Vortrag von Marietta S. König an der Willy Brandt School of Public Policy.

  • Ort: Haus 39, Raum 0114
  • Referent(en): Marietta S. König
  • Veranstalter: Willy Brandt School of Public Policy
  • Kategorie: Vortrag
  • Publikum: öffentlich

Over the past 10 years, the multilateral environment in the OSCE region and beyond has experienced a dramatic change. The August 2008 war in Georgia was a crucial turning point as it eventually led to the withdrawal of the OSCE and the UN missions and a marginalized role of both international organizations in the conflict management processes that today are facilitated on a very technical level by the Geneva International Discussions. Instead, an EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) was deployed in October 2008 to monitor the security situation along the administrative boundary lines with the disputed territories and is doing so until today. This pushed the EU into a prominent position, which however is challenged by the high expectations of the people on the ground and the limited mandate of the EUMM. For the EU and its monitors, this creates constant diplomatic challenges, which were soon experienced also by other international actors. In 2014, the crisis in and around Ukraine put the OSCE back into the spotlight and resulted in the establishment of a Special Monitoring Mission (SMM). While the limited mandate of the SMM is comparable to the mandate of the EUMM, the circumstances differ significantly due to the fragile security environment in eastern Ukraine. Since 2014, armed conflict is once again a reality on European soil and the East-West divide is growing, undermining the very foundations of both European and international security. While the established dialogue on political level as well as on military and civilian confidence-building measures is still functioning particularly within the OSCE, the climate of diplomatic interaction has visibly changed. The possibility for additional discussions on e.g. global transnational threats to security, on economic connectivity, or on the contribution of youth to peace and security efforts is helpful to create common grounds, refocus and see all sides remain engaged on all matters of the multilateral agenda.


Ms. Marietta S. König is Senior External Co-operation Officer in the Office of the OSCE Secretary General and in her function the main liaison to the Asian Partners for Co-operation and to eastern organizations including CIS, CSTO, SCO and ASEAN. Her portfolio further includes liaison to the Council of Europe. Before joining the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna in 2014, she was a political and reporting officer in the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia. Ms. König has an academic background as a research fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Studies at the University of Hamburg where she published extensively on the root causes of ethno-political conflicts, the challenges of conflict management and the role of international actors in the post-Soviet region (2005-2010, 2018). Her recent publications look into the concept, development and trends of the OSCE Asian Partnership for Co-operation (OSCE Yearbook 2017) and the role of international organisations in the conflict resolution processes in the South Caucasus (Kaukasus-Handbuch, Becks-Verlag, 2018).



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