Summer Academy on OSCE

The methodology of the Summer Academy is based on a mix of lectures, working groups, workshops and readings. Basic information about OSCE organisations and organisational structures will be made available in advance in order to help participants prepare for the lectures.

Lecturers will use primarily the case study approach and will especially focus on recent developments and activities of the OSCE and related governmental and non-governmental organisations. Working groups will give participants the opportunity to consolidate subjects dealt with in the lectures. Workshops will be held in order to enhance communication skills and intercultural understanding and to learn how to deal with one’s own role within a team.

Participants will practice mediation and negotiation skills and gain experimental knowledge of different concepts through interactive exercises, such as role-plays and simulation exercises.

Evaluations are scheduled for the end of each week in order to facilitate integrating lectures, working-groups, workshops and readings into a coherent basis for discussing what has been learned. The programme will also include excursions (e.g. the PC in the Hofburg/Vienna).

The Programme includes the following Modules / Sessions:

Post Cold War Realities in Europe

  • Historical and political development of the OSCE
  • Basic principles of security and co-operation

The OSCE’s Organisation

  • Basic features
  • Institutional structures and budget

OSCE in Action

  • Visit of the Permanent Council (PC) at the Hofburg/Vienna
  • Assessment of the OSCE from an EU and national Point of View

The Security Dimension of the OSCE

  • Political-military issues
  • Combating terrorism issues
  • Policing issues
  • Relations with other security organisations

Long-term Missions

  •  Introduction, concept and general issues of LTM
  •  Long-term missions: lessons learned

The Human Dimension of the OSCE

  • Standard setting & monitoring
  • Minority issues within the OSCE
  • The work of the High Commissioner on National Minorities
  • Election Observation / ODIHR
  • Freedom of the Media

Economic and Ecological Dimension of the OSCE

Regional aspects of OSCE functioning

The future role of the OSCE within the European security and co-operation architecture


  • Workshop 1: Interaction in Multinational Teams
  • Workshop 2: Various OSCE Issues
  • Workshop 3: Mediation, Negotiation and Diplomacy
  • Workshop 4: Regional Aspects of the OSCE Work
  • Workshop 5: Simulation Exercise of an OSCE Event

For further information on the programme, you may refer to the Narrative Reports of the previous Summer Academies on OSCE:

OSCE Report 2019OSCE Report 2018OSCE Report 2017OSCE Report 2016OSCE Report 2014OSCE Report 2013OSCE Report 2012OSCE Report 2011OSCE Report 2010OSCE Report 2009OSCE Report 2008OSCE Report 2007OSCE Report 2006OSCE Report 2005

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