Conflict prevention

Field Operations facilitate OSCE efforts related to conflict/crisis prevention and early warning and action. FOs play a preventative role and contribute to early warning through: 

  • Primary prevention: before violence has broken out

  • Secondary prevention: preventing expansion of the conflict 

  • Tertiary prevention: peace-building, to prevent recurrence of violence

Instruments and mechanisms include political dialogue, including through the personal and special representatives and envoys, the SG and D/CPC, the High Commissioner on National Minorities HCNM and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). 

OSCE field operations carry out their mandates in a wide variety of ways. This section describes the various techniques that the OSCE uses to address long-term conflict prevention.