The OSCE: Inclusive Security Practices and Their Limits

Alexandra Gheciu

in Securing Civilization?

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199217229
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191712449 | DOI:
The OSCE: Inclusive Security Practices and Their Limits

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This chapter examines some of the key OSCE initiatives adopted in the name of combating international terrorism, showing how the organization has sought to cast itself as a relevant, in some ways, uniquely competent security institution in the context of the fight against international terrorism. In particular, the OSCE has repeatedly invoked and sought to reinforce the inclusive security logic that it embodies. This chapter examines the dynamics — and limits — of some of the main practices enacted by the organization in the name of preventing and combating terrorism. It suggests that, for all its claims to the contrary, one of the key problems currently faced by the OSCE is that its ability to act as a security community-builder via the dissemination of norms of liberal-democratic governance has been significantly weakened in recent years. Simultaneously, the organization seems to have developed a greater capacity to carry out practices aimed at excluding from the OSCE territory individuals/groups suspected of involvement in terrorism. This chapter concludes with a discussion of the normative and political problems generated by this apparent change in the mix of inclusive and exclusionary security practices enacted by the OSCE.

Keywords: CSCE; Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe; OSCE; risk-management; security community; terrorism

Chapter.  15872 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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