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

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.


  • Csaba Békés

    Research Fellow
    Centre for Social Sciences, Institute for Political Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of International Studies; Cold War History Research Center, Budapest
  • Michael Cotey Morgan

    Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of North Carolina
  • Bernd Schaefer

    Global Fellow, Former Senior Scholar
    Professional Lecturer, The George Washington University
  • A. Ross Johnson

    History and Public Policy Program Fellow
    Senior Adviser, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; former Director, Radio Free Europe
  • Douglas Selvage

    Title VIII Short-Term Scholar
    Research Associate (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Institute for History of the Humboldt University in Berlin.
  • Sarah B. Snyder

    Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University
  • Svetlana Savranskaya

    Senior Analyst, National Security Archive, The George Washington University
  • Douglas Wake

    Visiting Fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2014; First Deputy Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, 2009-2013; United States Foreign Service officer, 1981-2009
  • Christian F. Ostermann

    Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
    Woodrow Wilson Center