Helsinki 40 plus: The OSCE and Small States

Friday November 13 from 13:00 to 16:30 at the University of Iceland, Askja 132

Open OSCE “Helsinki 40 plus” seminar organized by the OSCE Communication and Media Relations Department in collaboration with the University of Iceland’s Institute of International Affairs and the Centre for Small State Studies

Helsinki 40 plus: The OSCE and Small States

When the Helsinki Final Act was being negotiated in 1975, the island country Malta famously invoked the consensus rule at the eleventh hour to force the inclusion of a chapter on the Mediterranean. In the early years of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE), the neutral and non-aligned states played an essential mediating role between the opposing Cold War blocs.

This Helsinki 40 plus event, organized by the OSCE’s Communication and Media Relations Department in partnership with the University of Iceland’s Centre for Small State Studies, explores the changing role of small states in the CSCE and its successor, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). What have they contributed, what challenges have they faced, what benefits have they derived? How is this likely to develop in the future?

Speakers:
Alexander Trigona, Ambassador of Malta to the WTO, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister and former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta.
Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland.
Baldur Þórhallsson, Professor of Political Science and Research Director at the Centre for Small States Studies at the University of Iceland.
Jan Plešinger, Head of the OSCE Research and Documentation Centre.
Raimonds Oškalns, Advisor to the State Secretary, Latvian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Ursula Froese, Writer and Editor of Security Community, the OSCE Magazine.

The seminar will be held in English.

Please click here for registration.

Light refreshments will be served after the seminar.

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