A new Policy Paper from the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University (LISD), "OSCE At 45: A New Spirit of Helsinki," by Ambassadors Clemens Koja, Florian Raunig, and Christian Strohal, with a foreword by LISD Founding Director, Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber, provides an overview of the challenges addressed by the 2017 Austrian Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)—all of which the OSCE is well-positioned to address and are still relevant today—and offers a series of recommendations for future Chairmanships. Opinions expressed in this and all Policy Papers are those of the authors.
The paper is a product of the Project on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The project, now entering its fifth year, offers a forum for analyzing and evaluating emerging security challenges facing the organization and its 57 participating States and 11 Partners for Co-operation.
About the Authors
Amb. Clemens Koja is an Austrian diplomat with over 29 years of professional experience in the Austrian Foreign Service. Since 2018, Koja has served as Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje. Previously, he served as the Permanent Representative of Austria to the OSCE in Vienna (2017), Austria’s Ambassador in Belgrade (2008-12) and Ljubljana (2012-16), Deputy Head of the Austrian Embassy in Madrid (2000-2003), and Director of the Southern European Department in the Austrian Foreign Ministry (2003-2008). Koja received his doctorate degree in law from the Universities of Salzburg and Vienna and holds a master’s degree in Catholic theology.
Amb. Florian Raunig is an Austrian diplomat, well-versed in multilateral diplomacy. Since 2018, Raunig has served as the Permanent Representative of Austria to the OSCE in Vienna. Previously, Raunig served as Head of the Task Force of the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE (2017), Austria’s Ambassador in Montenegro (2007-2009) and Albania (2009-2013), and as the Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania (2013-2016). After first joining the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002, Raunig served in Vienna and Ljubljana, the Austrian Development Agency in Vienna, and the Austrian Embassy in Montenegro. Raunig studied political science, philosophy, and law at the University of Vienna.
Amb. Christian Strohal is an Austrian diplomat with an extensive career in multilateral work. Previously, Strohal served as the Special Representative of the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE (2017), the Permanent Representative of Austria to the OSCE in Vienna (2013-2016), Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva (2008-2013), and Vice-President of the UN Human Rights Council. Prior to that, Strohal served as the Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE (2003- 2008) and Austria’s Ambassador in Luxemburg (2000-2003). Strohal received his doctorate degree in law from the University of Vienna in 1975 and is a Non-Resident Fellow at LISD.
Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber is the Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, LISD. He is also the founder and chair of the Liechtenstein Colloquium on European and International Affairs, LCM, a private international diplomacy forum. Danspeckgruber served as an advisor to the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE (2017), Austria’s delegation to the UN Security Council (2008-2010), and the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the UN. Danspeckgruber received his education at the Universities of Linz and Vienna, (ML; DLaws) and the University of Geneva (PhD).