CSCE Testimonies – Causes and Consequences of the Helsinki Final Act 1972-1989

Book Launch
Open to the Public
Nador u. 13
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 4:00pm
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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

The CEU Department of History and the OSCE Prague Office

cordially invite you to

the book launch of


CSCE Testimonies – Causes and Consequences of the Helsinki Final Act 1972-1989


By Alice Němcová (ed.)


30 May 2014 – 16:00 p.m. – CEU, Nador u. 13. Room 001

Reception to follow


Welcome remarks: Prof. Nadia Al-Bagdadi (CEU, Head of Department of History)

Presenter: Alice Němcová (OSCE Senior Assistant for Documentation and Information)

Moderator: Francesco La Rocca (CEU History PhD student)


 “This oral history of the CSCE/OSCE makes a concrete contribution to the wider debate about the OSCE’s role in realizing the vision articulated by the participant States at the Astana Summit in 2010. It is also an important contribution to the preservation of the CSCE/OSCE institutional memory, and it will help to raise awareness and increase understanding of the OSCE, its origins and the fundamental tenets of its acquis of agreed norms and commitments.” Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General


CSCE Testimonies is the final outcome of the CSCE/OSCE Oral History Project which the Prague Office initiated in 2010. The project aimed at collecting interviews with prominent officials and public figures involved in the Helsinki process and all three subsequent CSCE follow-up meetings (1972-1989).


The OSCE Prague Office was founded in 1991, when the city of Prague became the seat of the Secretariat of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe. In 1994, the CSCE changed its status and became the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The Secretariat moved to a larger Vienna-based organizational structure. As a result of these transitions, the Prague Office kept two of its initial functions: it remained the CSCE/OSCE historical archives repository and continued to disseminate public information.