OSCE Network Study on "Threat Perceptions in the OSCE Area" published

OSCE Network Study investigates threat perceptions that governments of OSCE states have.

The "OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions" has published a study on "Threat Perceptions in the OSCE Area". The subject of this study is an analysis of a broad spectrum of threat perceptions that governments have and a comparison among them.

This may provide background information for the OSCE’s Helsinki + 40 process. The study is based on 18 country reports from institutes and think tanks of participating states that are well distributed over the OSCE area. It was presented on 29 April 2014, at the invitation of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship, during a Helsinki + 40 meeting in the Vienna Hofburg.


The elaboration of the present study would not have been possible without the generous support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The authors and the participating institutes express their sincere gratitude for the financial and intellectual support received.


Download: OSCE Network Study on "Threat Perceptions in the OSCE Area"


The study also contains a contribution by PRIF members. Since 2013, PRIF has been part of the "OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions". Dr Hans-Joachim Schmidt, Senior Research Fellow in Research Department I, represents PRIF in the network. The network currently connects 32 academic institutions from Asia, Europe and the USA. It aims to improve communication between the institutions and the OSCE. Institutions also plan to develop and work on joint projects.