Introduction to the OSCE

This document is designed to introduce you to the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The document will help answer the following questions:

  • What is the OSCE?
  • What does the OSCE consist of?
  • How was the OSCE formed?
  • How does the OSCE compare to other organizations?

This document is designed for people who may be seconded to the OSCE on diplomatic missions. This is an introduction; therefore it is not intended to provide an exhaustive description of the history and functions of the OSCE. For more detailed information, please refer to the OSCE website .