Consensus-Based Security in the Age of Strongmen - a look at the OSCE
The Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) was originally formed to serve a platform for negotiation and dialogue between the East and West. It has since developed into an intergovernmental security organization, that addresses a wide array of global and human security challenges through consensus. The OSCE’s decisions are non-binding; instead they carry the weight of democratic decision-making, in which every state is an equal partner. With 57 member states that span the globe from Vancouver to Vladivostok, this is no little credibility. Through its unique consensus-based framework, the OSCE has been instrumental in preventing conflict in restive areas, monitoring elections, facilitating arms control, reforming police, and is currently deployed to 14 peacekeeping missions. As we continue to see the rise of democratically elected strongmen – most notably Putin, Orban, and Erdogan, is there still a place for consensus-based security? Join us as Everett Price, Policy Advisor to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, provides us with a brief overview of the OSCE and answers this very timely question. Everett joined the Commission in 2016. He serves as the Policy Advisor responsible for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey, as well as the OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation, a group of six Middle Eastern and North African nations (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia) that participate in OSCE fora, facilitating broader engagement on the OSCE’s core norms, principles, and commitments. Everett has nearly eight years of experience in the Executive Branch analyzing Middle Eastern political affairs and supporting the development of regional foreign policy.