The Security and Human Rights Monitor (formerly Helsinki Monitor) released a special issue dedicated to the OSCE Mediation and Conflict Management practices. Originally published in November 2016, the journal’s issue was featured in the web site of the OSCE Magazine this week.
Edited by Anna Hess Sargsyan from the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zürich, the special issue authors also included Carey Cavanaugh, Jaba Devderiani, Teona Giuashvili, David Lanz, Matthew Rojansky, Philip Remler, Oleg Shakirov, Anahit Shrinyan, Zaur Shiriyev and Christina Stenner. Several contributions dealt with the OSCE mediation in the Karabakh conflict.
In conclusion, Hess Sargsyan observed that “from Transdniestria to Nagorno-Karabakh, Ukraine and Georgia, the authors point to the lack of sufficient political will as being a major obstacle to achieving political settlement. When parties make their decisions based on their perceptions of the balance of power, security dilemmas and the lack of perceived hurting stalemate, there seems to be very little that the OSCE mediation frameworks can do.”