L-r: Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova Jan Plešinger opens an international conference on political-party financing, alongside Dr. Iurie Ciocan, Chair of the Central Electoral Commission, and Steven Gray, Country Director of the Moldova office of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Chisinau, 30 October 2012. (OSCE/Igor Schimbator)
An OSCE mission of long duration is a deployment of OSCE personnel to a participating state. These field operations developed out of the need to address intra-state and inter-state conflicts that have occured since the 1990s. Most of the OSCE’s staff and resources are deployed in its current 15 field operations in Southeastern and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus. Their mandates, sizes, and activities vary, illustrating the flexibility of this tool.