History of the OSCE

The OSCE traces its origins to the early 1970s, to the Helsinki Final Act, and the creation of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE). Of special importance is the way in which the OSCE has evolved from a series of conferences and multilateral agreements into a regional, multilateral organization.

It’s important to know how the OSCE started in order to understand how it is viewed today by participating States. It’s also important to understand the persistent issues among pS.

This chapter introduces you to the history of the OSCE. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to describe how the OSCE was formed.