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Ep 4 - Mr Dennis Cosgrove, Head of the OSCE Border Security and Management Unit

About This Webinar

In this fourth episode, Florian Krejsa interviewed Mr. Dennis Cosgrove who is the head of the OSCE Transnational Threats Department's Border Security and Management Unit. Mr. Cosgrove has been with the OSCE since 2013. Prior to that, his duty stations included the United States Embassy in the Republic of Tajikistan, the United States Department of Justice, as well as the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Cosgrove will talk about how the current pandemic has changed the daily work routine of his unit, the necessary transition from in-person-training to online training, and its challenges, as well as a look forward into the future of border security in these difficult times.

Transnational Treats Department – Border Security and Management Unit releases ‘Live from the Borders’ podcast series

The spread of the novel coronavirus is having disruptive effects on the freedom of movement of people and goods across the borders, affecting also the usual operation of border security and management agencies in the OSCE area and beyond.

Front-line officers at the borders are the first ones to be confronted with this new reality. They have to face numerous challenges, from those deriving from the restricted access to the border crossing for people and goods to the difficulties connected to setting up a border crossing point where it did not exist anymore (e.g. Schengen zone).

They have to face the challenges to keep themselves and others safe and protected from the virus while performing their duties. Furthermore, they have to address specific questions and requests of people wishing to cross the border, despite the restrictive measures.

The COVID-19 outbreak generated multiple legitimate questions: are front-line officers ready to respond to all these unprecedented situations? Are they trained to manage the potential implications of health crises at the borders? Do they have adequate resources, tools and protective equipment? Do they identify innovative ways to effectively respond to the new circumstances? What are the best practices and lessons learned that can be shared with their colleagues?

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Project Assistant, OSCE
Florian Krejsa has been working with the OSCE since December 2006.
He has been working with the OSCE conference services at Hofburg Palace for almost ten years and has been part of the organizing team of multiple local meetings as well as Ministerial Council meetings (MC) such as the MCs in Madrid, Helsinki, Athens, Astana and Belgrade.
In August 2016 Mr Krejsa transferred to OSCE Secretariat Vienna where he has been working in Several Units within the Transnational Threats Department. This includes the Anti-Terrorism-Issues Unit, Cyber Security Unit as Well as the Border Security Management Unit. Since June 2018 Mr Krejsa is working as Project Assistant to the Mobile Training Team Project within the Border Security and Management Unit.
Florian Krejsa holds a Master Degree in Human Medicine from MeduniWien.
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