Small steps are needed to overcome growing security divisions in Europe

The official motto of the OSCE Security Days in Prague on 18-19 May 2017 was "Countering fragmentation and polarization" with the aim of "re-creating a climate for stability in Europe".

Photo: Lubomir Kotek

The security environment in Europe and beyond is marked by growing divisions and uncertainty unprecedented for decades. The norms and principles underpinning the international order have been challenged. There are signs that the open global economic system might be unravelling and protectionism may return. Multilateralism seems to be in retreat, with its key institutions being questioned and at risk of being weakened. A result could be a more fragmented and polarized multipolar world.

Co-organized in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, this OSCE Security Days conference aimed to contribute to a dialogue on how to create a stable and resilient security environment in Europe at a time of growing global uncertainty and unpredictability.

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