Introduction to the OSCE

This document is designed to introduce you to the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). 

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, participants will be able to: 

  • Summarize OSCE’s mission and history

  • Describe how the OSCE operates according to its decision-making bodies, operational institutions, and field operations

  • Explain how OSCE decisions are reached and which institutions are responsible for OSCE operations

  • Discuss how the OSCE is viewed today by participating States, including any persistent issues

  • Compare how the OSCE uniquely compares to other international organizations in Europe in terms of its purpose, functions, and cooperation

This course is designed for people who will be working for the OSCE. It will also be useful to those interested in what the organization does and its contributions to regional security.