From Helsinki to Belgrade
The First CSCE Follow-up Meeting and the Crisis of Détente
1. Edition 2012
Bonn University Press at V&R unipress
Internationale Beziehungen. Theorie und Geschichte -
After the heads of state and government of almost all European coutries, the USA and Canada signed the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in Helsinki on August 1st, 1975, little was heard about the CSCE process. However, far away from the headline-grabbing meetings between the leading politicians of the USA and the USSR as well as the Geneva negotiations on disarmament, the Helsinki process proved to be an efficient framework for the East-West negotiations. The inconclusive Belgrade CSCE Meeting of 1977–1978 – after six months the delegations were only able to agree on a brief final document – was nevertheless a significant milestone for the CSCE process itself: negotiation rules were drawn up, interpreted, negotiated and re-negotiated. The contributions to this volume offer solid insights into the follow-up meeting in Belgrade in 1977/78, the Cold War and in particular the CSCE process.