Summer Academy on OSCE
The „Summer Academy on OSCE“ is organised under the Patronage of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Unfortunately it’s a fact that the turbulences regarding European security are also affecting on our work and priorities. Thus, regarding the Summer Academy on OSCE we expect direct consequences on the ability to invite participants from certain regions, which had already been a challenge before the recent crisis and apperently is getting worse under the given circumstances. Similarly we see priorities of important donors shifting in other directions these days.
After going through all the options and obstacles again and again, we finally came to the conclusion to cancel this year´s Summer Academy on OSCE, hoping for circumstances to evolve into a more positive direction until next year.
Thank you for your kind understanding!
Your ASPR Summer Academy Team
The purpose of the "Summer Academy on OSCE", which has been conducted since 1997, is to expand and deepen knowledge about the OSCE and to contribute to its various activities. The modules and special events are designed to provide diplomats who are going to work with OSCE delegations and institutions, as well as scholars, NGO representatives, etc. intending to co-operate with the OSCE in the areas of international diplomatic and civilian missions with thorough knowledge of the history, functioning, and current activities of the OSCE; and training in working more effectively within the OSCE diplomatic and OSCE-NGO milieu.
Furthermore, the Summer Academy provides opportunities to explore ways for the OSCE to enhance its existing, or to develop new capabilities in preventive diplomacy, peace-making, peace-keeping and peace-building.
Although being officially independent of the OSCE, OSCE institutions and diplomatic missions actively participate on a voluntary basis in the Academy's activities by providing speakers, participating in workshops as well as seconding the participants with an interest in working with the OSCE. Students are instructed by leading scholars in OSCE studies, senior diplomats with experience in OSCE inter-state diplomacy, international NGO trainers with long-term experience in the field, and international lawyers active in promoting OSCE-NGO co-operation, particularly in the areas of human rights and democratisation.
The majority of the programme of the Summer Academy takes place at the Peace Castle Schlaining. However, besides social events, an excursion to the Permanent Council (PC) in the Hofburg Vienna is also included.
Diplomats, graduate students, and practitioners professionally active in NGOs who want to work more effectively with OSCE institutions.
Participants are expected to come from the OSCE Participating States or OSCE Partners for Cooperation.