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The Limits and Potential of Consensus in Times of Crisis

Rick Fawn
External16 November 2023

Contrary to predictions of its demise, the OSCE, following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, has found an opportunity to not only reaffirm its presence but also to redefine its role. This paper explores these intricate dynamics, highlighting the OSCE’s reliance on the principle of consensus, which is both its greatest strength and limitation.

Rick Fawn delves into the unique and essential role of the OSCE, addressing the challenges imposed by consensus while exploring avenues for creative adaptation. The article weighs the short- and long-term costs of this adaptation and provides recommendations for the OSCE to navigate what might be its most significant challenge.

Read the full analysis on OSCE Insights 2023


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