OSCE Yearbook 2002
Its comprehensive activity in the area of conflict prevention and crisis management, post-conflict peace-building and the promotion of democracy and human rights makes the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) an indispensable actor in the creation of peace, security and stability in Europe. The questions of what the OSCE can contribute and/or what it has already undertaken to combat terrorism as well as the revived debate on OSCE reform, which have dominated the discussions in the OSCE in the past months, are examined extensively in the OSCE Yearbook 2002. In a proven manner, this eighth volume of the series presents first-hand detailed reports on the activities of the Organization in numerous former and current conflict areas, including, for the first time, an article on the OSCE Mission to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In addition, the "new era of co-operation” between the US and Russia as well as political Islam in Central Asia are among the central themes of this volume. Other articles are dedicated to such distressing topics as "trafficking in human beings” and "children in armed conflict”. A total of over 30 internationally renown authors, scientists as well as politicians and diplomats, deal intensively with questions of conflict prevention and peaceful settlement of disputes, the human dimension and democratic development, arms control and other OSCE task areas.
The volume has been supplemented with a comprehensive appendix containing documents, facts and figures on the 55 OSCE participating States as well as a comprehensive topical bibliography. The book is aimed at students and researchers, as well as the general public, politicians and journalists.