25 October 2018 - 26 October 2018
Malaga, Spain

IIASA at 2018 OSCE Mediterranean Conference

Dr. Nadejda Komendantova was invited by the Slovak Mediterranean Contact Group Chairmanship at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to give a talk on the critical energy infrastructure governance, including methods of stakeholders dialogue and negotiations. The talk includes the results of the MENA Select, LINKS and the Eurasian Integration projects. 

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The conference is organized by the Slovak Chairmanship of the OSCE Mediterranean Contact Group in cooperation with the Kingdom of Spain and the Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation. The conference will be dedicated to the topic of connectivity as well as protection of critical energy infrastructure and aims to stimulate political dialogue of OSCE participating States and their Partners for Cooperation on energy, economic and environmental issues.  

Among the speakers at the conference are H.E. Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE; H.E. Fernando Martín Valenzuela Marzo, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Kingdom of Spain; H.E. Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary and Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic for the Slovak 2019 OSCE Chairmanship; Amb. Vuk Žugić, Coordinator for OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities; Senator Pascal Allizard, Vice-President at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, France; Admiral Juan Francisco Martínez Núñez, Secretary General for Defence Policy (Ministry of Defence), Kingdom of Spain;  Mr. Jorge Borrego, Deputy Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean, Portugal.

L-R: Mr. Sami Samawi, Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna; H.E. Ms. Leena Al-Hadid, Ambassador of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Republic of Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna; Prof. Dr. Ahmed Al-Salaymeh, University of Jordan; Dr. Nadejda Komendantova, Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)


OSCE Mediterranean Contact Group

The OSCE maintains special relations with six Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Over the years, the OSCE has been able to share experiences with the Mediterranean Partners on a number of topics.   

This relationship goes back to the Helsinki Process and the Helsinki Final Act, which included a Mediterranean chapter stating that security in Europe is closely linked with security in the Mediterranean as a whole. This inter-linkage has been underscored in subsequent CSCE/OSCE documents, such as the Istanbul Charter for European Security and the Maastricht OSCE Strategy to Address Threats to Security and Stability in the XXI Century. Permanent Council decision 571 decided to explore new avenues of co-operation and interaction and to explore the scope for wider sharing of OSCE norms, principles and commitments.

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Nadejda Komendantova

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

2018 OSCE Mediterranean Conference


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