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Toward a Sustainable, Enduring, Democratic Peace

Helsinki on the Hill

Release Date: 07/23/2021

Russias Arsenal of Aggression show art Russias Arsenal of Aggression

Helsinki on the Hill

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Nobody Cheers for Goliath: How Ukraine Is Winning the Information War Against Russia show art Nobody Cheers for Goliath: How Ukraine Is Winning the Information War Against Russia

Helsinki on the Hill

The physical battle of tanks and bombs or territory gained and lost is only one terrible part of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s war against the people of Ukraine. The unprovoked war is also taking place in the media, on computer keyboards, and in the hearts and mind of people in Ukraine, in Russia, and worldwide. Just as Ukraine has won important battlefield successes in the face of what appeared to be an overwhelming Russian force, Ukraine has also waged a highly sophisticated public diplomacy campaign to counter what many thought was a Russian strength. Dr. Nicholas J. Cull, a...

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Conflict Is Not Gender Neutral show art Conflict Is Not Gender Neutral

Helsinki on the Hill

When UNSCR 1325 was adopted in 2000, it marked the first time that the UN Security Council acknowledged the vital role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts. Two decades later, meaningful progress has been made in advancing the full involvement of women in peace and security-related efforts, but substantial challenges remain.

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Contending with China show art Contending with China

Helsinki on the Hill

The Chinese Communist Party poses major challenges to the transatlantic community’s ideals of governance and human rights.

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Russian Intention, Russian Aggression show art Russian Intention, Russian Aggression

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From September 10 – 16, ZAPAD 2021—a major Russian military exercise that includes thousands of troops—will take place in and around Belarus. The exercise follows months of reports that the Russian military has been involved in actions that potentially could spark a major and violent confrontation between Russia and other countries.

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Toward a Sustainable, Enduring, Democratic Peace show art Toward a Sustainable, Enduring, Democratic Peace

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The United States supports the work of the OSCE through not only funding—generally contributing 11-14% of the OSCE’s operating costs—but also through the deployment of staff who do the day-to-day work of making the principles on which the OSCE is based into a reality on the ground.

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Agents of the Future show art Agents of the Future

Helsinki on the Hill

The Moscow Helsinki Group was launched on May 12, 1976, a day that Helsinki Commission Chair Sen. Ben Cardin has called, “One of the major events in the struggle for human rights around the globe.”

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Damocles’ Sword show art Damocles’ Sword

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The Tokyo Olympics will be the first international athletic event since the passage of the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act (RADA). The legislation, named for Russian doping whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, established criminal penalties on those involved in doping fraud conspiracies affecting major international competition.

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Massive, Systematic, Proven beyond Doubt show art Massive, Systematic, Proven beyond Doubt

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As an OSCE participating State, Belarus commits to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. Following the apparent violation of these rights during and after recent elections in Belarus, other OSCE states invoked the Moscow Mechanism to establish a short-term fact-finding mission to report on these concerns.

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Welcome to Observe show art Welcome to Observe

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Election observation is a core element of the OSCE’s efforts to promote human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

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The work of the Helsinki Commission aligns closely with that of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest regional security organization. The United States supports the work of the OSCE through not only the Helsinki Commission, but also through funding—generally contribution between 11 and 14 percent of the OSCE’s operating costs—and through the deployment of individuals who carry out the activities of the OSCE across its vast geographic expanse, who do the day-to-day work of trying to make the principles on which the OSCE is based into a reality on the ground.

In this episode, Kavya Rajan, Director of Human Rights and Communities at the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, and Kelsey Harris-Smith, Political-Military Officer in the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Program at the OSCE Mission to Moldova, describe how the work they and other Americans—as well as staff from other OSCE participating States—do contributes to a sustainable, enduring, democratic peace in the OSCE region.