Baltic Security After the Warsaw NATO Summit, Briefing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, December 7, 2016   [open pdf - 676KB]

This is the December 7, 2016 briefing titled, "Baltic Security After the Warsaw NATO Summit," given to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe [CSCE]. From the opening statement of Alex Tiersky, Policy Advisor to the CSCE: "[The panel today is] on an issue [Baltic security] that is of great importance to the Helsinki Commission. The Commission is […] very well known for its work on human rights. I think because of the changing dynamics in European security, you're going to see the Commission increase its activity on the pol-mil security, or 'first' dimension set of issues as well. This briefing is part of that increased attention to security issues. And it follows on a briefing that we provided in the run-up to the Warsaw Summit on what the expectations might be for the decisions that the allies took in Warsaw. Let me just point out that Baltic security fits under the Commission's mandate of providing oversight for the 1975 Helsinki Final Act's provisions. There is something called The Decalogue-or 10 principles-guiding relations between participating states that were enshrined at that time by consensus. These include some very topical commitments ranging from refraining from the threat or use of force, inviolability of frontiers, territorial integrity of states, peaceful settlement of disputes, [etc]. A number of these principles clearly have been infringed and are under attack in European security in recent times." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Alex Tiersky, Scott Rauland, Karl Altau, Michael Johnson, and Magnus Nordenman.

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