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2015 Ahtisaari Symposium: New Evidence and Perspectives on the Helsinki Accords

The Ahtisaari Symposium series, established at the Wilson Center in 2010 in honor of Nobel Laureate and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, provides a forum for discussion of historical and policy perspectives on vital European security issues. In cooperation with the University of Helsinki, the Wilson Center also hosts a scholarship program for Finnish professionals from the scholarly, media, business and public policy communities.

Date & Time

Monday
Apr. 27, 2015
9:00am – 12:30pm ET

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Overview

Forty years after the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) launched a new multilateral forum for dialogue and negotiation between East and West, its successor, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), faces vital challenges in the conflict in Ukraine. The very fundamentals of the CSCE process have been called into question. What dynamics led to the 1975 Helsinki Accords and the era of détente that ensued in Europe? What were its intended and unintended consequences for European security? What does previously inaccessible archival evidence reveal? Are there lessons to be learned from the Helsinki Process? Join us for a discussion with leading experts and veteran diplomats about the origins and impact of the CSCE--essential context to today’s crisis.

The Ahtisaari Symposium series, established at the Wilson Center in 2010 in honor of Nobel Laureate and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, provides a forum for discussion of historical and policy perspectives on vital European security issues. In cooperation with the University of Helsinki, the Wilson Center also hosts a scholarship program for Finnish professionals from the scholarly, media, business and public policy communities.

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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. It does this through scholars-in-residence, seminars, policy study groups, media commentary, international conferences and publications. Activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The program investigates European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including globalization, digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance, and relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.  Read more

History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program makes public the primary source record of 20th and 21st century international history from repositories around the world, facilitates scholarship based on those records, and uses these materials to provide context for classroom, public, and policy debates on global affairs.  Read more

Cold War International History Project

The Cold War International History Project supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War. Through an award winning Digital Archive, the Project allows scholars, journalists, students, and the interested public to reassess the Cold War and its many contemporary legacies. It is part of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program.  Read more

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