Serbian foreign minister Ivica Dacic with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow (photo: dpa)

Testing times for Serbia and the OSCE in Europe’s new Cold War

Serbia officially took over as chairman of the OSCE on January 15, 2015. It is the first Balkans country to chair the organisation, 15 years after joining. The OSCE’s predecessor - the CSCE, was created in 1975 during the Cold War tensions between East and West. The OSCE’s role in 2015 will be critical in addressing new Cold War challenges for Europe and between Russia and the West. The OSCE also faces its own challenges of neutrality and its capacity to deal with the Ukraine crisis as well as with the preventative diplomacy in Russia’s neighbourhood. Serbia’s chairmanship could also face internal and external challenges.

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Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
Serbia had a difficult choice between the EU or Russia in 2014. The choice will be harder still in 2015 between the OSCE or Russia. Its new role faces political, economic and regional challenges.
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