New Report Details Key Findings from LISD-OSCE Collaborative Work


A new report by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, “OSCE-LCM Results,” details key findings from several Liechtenstein Colloquia (LCM), and initiatives launched by LISD during the 2017 Austrian Chairmanship in Office (CiO) of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Founding Director of LISD, served as advisor and co-chaired several of the academic programs convened during the 2017 Austrian CiO of the OSCE. Throughout the yearlong Austrian CiO, Danspeckgruber and LISD, with the support of the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Princely House of Liechtenstein, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, convened several high-level colloquia in the Principality of Liechtenstein, Princeton, Washington, DC, and Vienna.  The conferences focused on identifying, analyzing, and evaluating emerging security challenges, fostering trust and new modes of diplomacy and interaction, and aspects of religion and values. This report presents the key findings of those meetings and summarizes results.

The report assesses contemporary issues impacting security in the OSCE region - comprising more than 1.4 billion people - addresses their interconnections, and asks how stakeholders can begin formulating responses to both current and longer term critical challenges. The report suggests that there is a growing discontent with real-time responses to emerging threats and crises throughout the OSCE area. As new technologies redefine the lifestyles of only some around the world, an “experience-gap” has grown - and continues to widen. This discontinuity fosters misunderstanding, and allows discontent to fester. The report also details a loss of trust in institutions and state systems, which has encouraged the development of a new order among non-state actors, business leaders, and civil society, and also addresses generational change. Thus, combined with the challenges presented by automatization and artificial intelligence, certain regions are witnessing an encounter of the 19th and 22nd centuries.

The objective of LISD’s initiatives, and ultimately the outcomes detailed in the report, was on the one hand to identify threats and challenges to security in the OSCE area, and to seek common ground on which to enhance cooperation. This report highlights pathways for unconventional thinking and innovative interfaces among current decision makers and "new voices" on global security challenges. In a globalized and social media centric world, nothing could match direct personal contact, connectivity, and open candid interaction in order to foster avenues for impact and empathy.

A special feature of the report is the written contributions of senior governmental representatives, academics, policy-makers, and business leaders on issues including: the loss of trust in an era of "fake news;" the global impact of "fake news" on standards for human rights; the intelligence revolution affecting society, sovereignty and faith globally; and potential approaches to enhancing cooperation in a cyber space.

The report is based on outcomes from discussions at the following meetings, to name a few: “Multilateral Responses to Emerging Threats” held at the Stadtpalais Liechtenstein & Hotel Bristol, Vienna, Austria on November 26-27, 2017; “Crises Cataloging, Evaluation, and Prioritization” held in Triesenberg, Principality of Liechtenstein on August 22-24, 2017; “China in Europe: Chinese Interests from Lisbon to Vladivostok” held in Triesenberg, Principality of Liechtenstein on August 17-20, 2017; “Religion, Values, and Spirituality: Impact on Diplomacy and Security” held at the Stadtpalais Liechtenstein, Vienna, Austria on June 5-7, 2017; “Rebuilding Trust: Dialogue – Interaction – Crisis Management” held at the Garden Palais Liechtenstein, Vienna, Austria on May 11-13, 2017; “The United States Post-Presidential Elections and her Relations with EU-Ru-Asia” held at LISD, Bendheim Hall, at Princeton University, on December 10, 2016; “The Project on Generational Perspectives on National and International Security” held at Princeton University, Triesenberg, Principality of Liechtenstein and European Forum Alpbach, Austria throughout 2016 to 2017; “Security: Internal and External – Its Interactions & Perceptions” held in Triesenberg, Principality of Liechtenstein on August 24-27, 2016; “Security: Internal – External – Interactions – Perceptions” held in the Hall of the States, Washington, DC, on August 4, 2016.

The report reflects the substance of these discussions and includes a detailed addendum of colloquia programs and participant lists.

A printed and edited volume is forthcoming. The volume is expected to include additional written contributions from senior members of the 2017 Austrian OSCE Chairmanship Team.