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Human Rights and the OSCE: A Conversation with Matteo Mecacci, Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

June 26, 2024

Join Ambassador Philip Reeker, Chair of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, for a lively discussion with Matteo Mecacci, the Director of the OSCE’s Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).  Together, they examine the continued importance of ODIHR’s election monitoring – especially in 2024, a “year of elections.”  What lessons can we learn from ODIHR’s election monitoring, and how can it strengthen democracy and the rule of law?  Is democracy itself under attack?  How have the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and ODIHR evolved over time, and what challenges do these institutions face today? 

The Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights was established in in 1992; since then, it has deployed more than 75,000 election observers across OSCE countries.  

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The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more