Kazakhstan was the first Asian, post-Soviet and non-democratic country to serve as chairman of the
OSCE. This seminar evaluates the achievements and failures of the Kazakh chairmanship in 2010. On the one hand, Kazakhstan managed to organise an OSCE summit for the first time in 11 years. One the other hand, participation of NGOs in summit-related events was restricted, and local human rights activists continued to be harassed. Did Kazakhstan’s chairmanship strengthen the OSCE or make it weaker as an organization?
The seminar is organised together with the Finnish Committee for European Security (STETE)
Opening remarks: STETE