International Virtual Round Table

30 Years Charter of Paris:
Lessons for Pragmatic Cooperation in the OSCE Area


The Charter of Paris marked the end of the Cold War and the division of Europe. It was signed in Paris on 21 November 1990 as the final document of the CSCE Special Summit Conference by 32 European countries as well as the United States and Canada. Against this background, we would like to discuss the reasons for the complex situation in Europe, different views on past and current challenges, options for pragmatic cooperation in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian space, and the role of the OSCE.

Key questions include:

  • What political conditions made the adoption of the Charter of Paris possible, and how have the current tensions and crises arisen?
  • What are the obstacles to implementing a co-operative security order in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian space?  
  • What are the preconditions for achieving a regime of pragmatic cooperation in the OSCE area?
  • Which strategies and initiatives promote pragmatic cooperation in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian area? How can the OSCE and its participating States contribute?

The event will be organized by the Federal Foreign Office and the Centre for OSCE Research (CORE) of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) and technically hosted by the OSCE Secretariat. Representatives of OSCE delegations, institutions, field operations, the Secretariat, and academia, including members of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, will be brought together to exchange their views and visions.

Key questions regarding the OSCE’s agenda will be discussed by an international panel:

  • Dr Marianne von Grünigen, Ambassador (ret.), Switzerland
  • Dr William H. Hill, Ambassador (ret.), Woodrow Wilson International Center, USA
  • Stephanie Liechtenstein, Journalist/Diplomatic Correspondent, Austria
  • Prof. Andrei Zagorski, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Federation

Dr Reinhard Krumm, Head of the Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Vienna

After a brief welcome by representatives of the Federal Foreign Office and the IFSH, each speaker will have 10 minutes for presentation. This is followed by questions, answers, and discussion with participants of the virtual meeting.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Ms Schapeler ( Virtual event via ZOOM.

Learn more about the annotated agenda and speakers' biographies here (PDF file).