PAE’s Rapid Expert Assistance and Cooperation Teams (REACT) project, known as PAE-REACT, rapidly deploys and supports U.S. citizens for seconded job and election observation opportunities on behalf of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE is an organization of 57 participating States known for its consensus-based decision-making.
The OSCE has a comprehensive view of security, grouping its activities into three main areas, or dimensions: politico-military security (e.g. arms control and border monitoring), economic and environmental security (e.g. anti-corruption, resource management), and the human dimension (e.g. democratization, elections, human rights, and rule of law). Most OSCE opportunities authorized for U.S. citizens are located in the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia; and at OSCE institutions and Secretariat based in The Hague, Vienna and Warsaw.
History of PAE-REACT
Since 2000 PAE-REACT has been contracted by the DOS to deploy U.S. citizen experts to undertake activities associated with conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.
To date, PAE-REACT has deployed thousands of U.S. citizen experts on behalf of the DOS to the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia; and OSCE institutions and Secretariat in The Hague, Vienna and Warsaw to support OSCE efforts to advance security and cooperation within and between participating states. PAE-REACT maintains a database of experts and election observers through which applicants submit an updatable profile, which doubles as their application for seconded job and election observation opportunities with the OSCE. What it looks like to work for PAE-REACT: Photos Depicting PAE-REACT
The U.S. Mission to the OSCE
The U.S. Mission to the OSCE (USOSCE) represents the interests of the United States government in the OSCE and authorizes PAE-REACT to recruit U.S. citizen experts and election observers to support the OSCE. The United States views the OSCE as a vital instrument for building stable, open societies in which every country lives at peace with its neighbors. The U.S. Mission to the OSCE engages with diplomatic representatives of the other participating States and with OSCE staff in promotion of this vision. Learn more about the U.S. Mission to the OSCE.
With 57 participating States from North America, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, the OSCE forms the largest regional security organization in the world. The OSCE provides a forum for dialogue and a platform for action for participating States to detect conflict, manage crises, and implement civic rehabilitation programs to ensure security within the OSCE area. OSCE participating States have all made specific political commitments to each other for the purpose of advancing cooperation in the three OSCE dimensions: (1) politico-military security (e.g. arms control and border monitoring), (2) economic and environmental security (e.g. anti-corruption, resource management), and (3) the human dimension (e.g. democratization, elections, human rights, and rule of law).Learn more about the OSCE.