Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

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With 57 participating States from Europe, Central Asia and North America, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) forms the largest regional security organisation in the world.

The OSCE is a primary instrument for early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation in its area. It has 18 missions or field operations in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia.

The Organisation deals with three dimensions of security - the politico-military, the economic and environmental, and the human dimension. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 56 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

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OSCE: Factsheet: What is the OSCE?
Wikipedia: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
BBC News: Profile: The OSCE
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
OSCE: Annual Reports

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