At a glance
The Partners for Co-operation in Asia started to foster a flexible dialogue with the CSCE/OSCE in the early 1990s, at the time when the Organization was taking on a more formal structure. This was also a time when the OSCE area was increasingly concerned with new security risks that emerged after the end of the Cold War. Japan's partnership started in 1992, Korea's in 1994, Thailand's in 2000, Afghanistan's in 2003, Mongolia's in 2004 (becoming a participating State in 2012), and Australia’s in 2009.
The inter-linkage between European security and the broader context of world security has been underscored in a number of 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. In 2003, the Permanent Council (PC.DEC/571) decided to explore new avenues of co-operation and interaction with its Partners for Co-operation and to explore the scope for wider sharing of OSCE norms, principles and commitments.
Over the years, the OSCE has been able to share its experience with the Asian Partners for Co-operation on a number of topics, including:
Throughout the ongoing dialogue and joint activities with the Asian Partners for Co-operation, the OSCE shares its expertise and provides insight into current developments and is open to reciprocal enrichment provided by them. Keeping an open channel of communication between the OSCE and the Mediterranean Partners, as well as among the Partners themselves, allows for the beneficial exchange of information and experiences.
Framework for co-operation
A number of meetings, conferences and special events provide a broad framework for regular contact: