Policy Paper No. 6: “OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Missions: Context, Modus Operandi And Prospects For Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia”

In the IEP Policy Paper on Eastern Europe and Central Asia No. 6, Dr. Matteo Garavoglia argues that Election Obser­vation Missions (EOMs) are a key tool through which OSCE/ODIHR contributes to democracy support in the regions that fall under its mandate. However, while inher­ently non-partisan in their nature, these missions do not take place in a political vacuum. This paper aims therefore to explore how the technical nature of EOMs fits within the broader strategy for democracy support promoted by OSCE/ODIHR within the political landscape of the countries under its juris­diction.

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