AN ANALYSIS OF THE ECONOMIC-ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION OF THE ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE: JUST A RHETORIC OR REALITY?

Hakan KARAASLAN

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This article aims to provide a critical analysis with regard to economic and environmental dimension of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), namely ‘Second Dimension of the Organization’. The article also aims to portray the OSCE’s perceptions towards economic and environmental issues as well as their link to security. As a reflection of its comprehensive security approach, the OSCE is always concerned with the economic and environmental matters. This article argues that although the OSCE’s involvement in the economic and environmental dimension reflects the Organization’s comprehensive approach to security, economic and environmental dimension turns out to be the weakest dimension of the OSCE in terms of the overall contribution of the Organization to the efforts aiming at achieving comprehensive security. In other words, economic and environmental matters have remained secondary in comparison to the non-military issues in the field of human dimension and non-military aspects of the politico-military dimension within the OSCE context.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11616/AbantSbe.

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