Maresca, John J.

Helsinki Revisited


A Key U.S. Negotiator’s Memoirs on the Development of the CSCE into the OSCE



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With a foreword by Haz Pashayev

The Helsinki Final Act of the 1975 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) set the rules for legitimate changes in national frontiers: They must be accomplished by peaceful means and agreement. Together with the Charter of Paris for a New Europe of 1990, the Helsinki Accords paved the way for a peaceful coexistence of the West and the Eastern Bloc. The Paris conference ended the Cold War, issuing a “Joint Declaration of Twenty-two States,” in which all member states of NATO and the Warsaw Pact affirmed they are no longer enemies. The Helsinki process, continuing in the form of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), resulted ultimately in the prevailing of pluralist democracy, market economy, and personal freedom. Today, it may serve as an example for how to deal with the current situation in Ukraine and crises in other regions of the former Soviet Union.
John J. Maresca was a senior U.S. diplomat at the center of this long negotiating process. He was sent as the first, and only, US Ambassador to the newly-independent states after the break-up of the USSR―the American Ambassador to the “Near Abroad”―and started a negotiating process to try to end the one conflict in the region at that time. With this book, he presents his personal memoirs of how it was possible to reach the Helsinki Accords and following agreements―a story of astonishing change and evolution which is as eminently relevant today as it was 40 years ago.

The author:
Ambassador Dr. John J. Maresca studied at Yale, the London School of Economics, and Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations. He was Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation which negotiated the Helsinki Final Act, and Head of the U.S. Delegation which negotiated the Paris Charter. He was also Rector of the United Nations University for Peace from 2007 to 2013. He is the author of To Helsinki (Duke University Press 1985, 2nd ed. 1987) ―the only first-hand account of the negotiation of the Helsinki Accords of 1975.

The foreword author:
Dr. Hafiz Pashayev is Rector of the ADA University at Baku, and Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan

210 Seiten, Paperback. 2015
ISBN 978-3-8382-0852-7
ISSN 1614-3515



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"This book is written as a memoir, and contains new information and many fascinating insights about the development of the CSCE and its evolution into the OSCE. But it also contains some very astute analyses of current events, based on the history of the issues, which surround them. It is, in fact, a commentary on the current situations in these regions, based on the way these situations developed.
A must-read for anyone who is interested in the recent history and the current and future state of affairs in Europe, including the Caucasus, Central Asia, and what Russians call their 'Near Abroad.'"
Hafiz Pashayev, Rector ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan

"Neben den spannenden Anekdoten sind die Memoiren besonders gehaltvoll, wenn sie Rückschlüsse auf die Feinheiten der diplomatischen Arbeit, die schwierige geopolitische Situation in Europa und den voraussetzungsvollen Wandel der Sowjetunion zu einem demokratischen und kapitalistischen Staat erlauben. Dann wird ersichtlich, wie wichtig die KSZE für ein Verständnis des heutigen Europa ist und welche Rolle die OSZE auch in aktuellen Konflikten wie dem in der Ukraine einnehmen kann."
Sven-Jacob Sieg, Portal für Politikwissenschaft, 16.06.2016