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Confidence- and Security-Building Measures

Thursday April 27, 2006, at 12:00
Sala Seminario - Planta Baja IBEI
Research seminar
Jaume Urgell (Fundación CIDOB)
The goal of this paper is to briefly review the theory and practice of confidence and security-building measures (CSBM’s) regimes in Europe in the past three decades (since the approval of the Helsinki Final Act in 1975 and the creation of the CSCE, later OSCE), and to evaluate the possibilities of building similar regimes for the whole of the Mediterranean region. Larger issues of confidence and security as well as the institutional and diplomatic arrangements to cope with new and emerging threats are also dealt with, especially regarding the EU and NATO strategies and instruments. The paper ends with an outline of three possible scenarios for CSBM’s regimes in the Mediterranean region within different frameworks, which are intended to help contribute to the discussion about alternative strategies and their implications.