Other relevant multilateral organizations

There are several international and regional organizations working in the field of European security, many established during the Cold War to deal with the security and political realities and threats that existed at that time. Some overlap, at least in part, with the OSCE in participation and functions.

It is important to understand what functions can best be performed by the OSCE and its field operations, what can be accomplished only (or more efficiently) by others, and how the OSCE and other institutions may coordinate their work to achieve common objectives.

Other organizations in the European area that are most relevant in the security field are:

  • United Nations (UN)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • European Union (EU)
  • Council of Europe (CoE)
  • Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

This chapter introduces you to other organizations that are similar to the OSCE. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to describe how the OSCE compares to other organizations. For more detailed information, please refer to the OSCE website .