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Helsinki on the Hill Podcast Series

“Helsinki on the Hill” is a series of conversations hosted by the U.S. Helsinki Commission on human rights and comprehensive security in Europe and beyond. Hosted by senior policy advisor Alex Tiersky, the monthly podcast tells the human stories behind the commission’s work to promote human rights, military security, and economic cooperation in North America, Europe, and Central Asia.

“Helsinki on the Hill” is also available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.

Episode 25: Russia Hates the Truth

Episode 24: On the Precipice

Episode 23: Brothers in Arms

Episode 22: Russia’s Arsenal of Aggression

Episode 21: Nobody Cheers for Goliath: How Ukraine Is Winning the Information War Against Russia

Episode 20: Conflict Is Not Gender Neutral

Episode 19: Contending with China: A Transatlantic Perspective

Episode 18: Russian Intention, Russian Aggression: Looking Ahead to ZAPAD 2021

Episode 17: Toward a Sustainable, Enduring, Democratic Peace: American Personnel and the OSCE

Episode 16: Agents of the Future: The 45th Anniversary of the Moscow Helsinki Group

Episode 15: Damocles’ Sword: The Impact of the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act

Episode 14: Massive, Systemic, Proven beyond Doubt: Human Rights Violations in Belarus Exposed by the OSCE’s Moscow Mechanism

Episode 13: Welcome to Observe: OSCE Election Observation and the United States

Episode 12: Lost and Found: How the International Commission on Missing Persons Helps Find Closure and Pursue Justice

Episode 11: Communities at Risk: The Impact of COVID-19 on the OSCE’s Most Vulnerable Populations

Episode 10: The Roma

Episode 9: Parliamentary Diplomacy in Action

Episode 8: Nagorno-Karabakh

Episode 7: Disappeared in Turkmenistan

Episode 6: Defending against Disinformation

Episode 5: Equitable and Inclusive Democracies

Episode 4: Open Skies

Episode 3: Civilians in the Crossfire

Episode 2: Seeking Justice in Serbia

Episode 1: In the Beginning



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CSCE Leadership Welcomes New Executive Branch Commis...

Nov 07, 2023

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, today announced the appointment of three Executive Branch Commissioners to the Commission. CSCE welcomed Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Celeste Wallander, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Donet Dominic Graves, Jr., and Department of State Coordinator for […]

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Lawmakers say Kara-Murza case spotlights administrat...

Oct 26, 2023


Hamas’ Hostages, Putin’s Prisoners, and Freeing Inte...

Oct 25, 2023

The practice of seizing hostages and political prisoners, as well as actively terrorizing civilians is a constant displayed by Hamas in Israel and Russia’s war against Ukraine. To highlight issues related to the United States’ strategy to free hostages and political prisoners, last year the Commission’s Ranking Member Congressman Steve Cohen and Chairman Joe Wilson […]

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Hearing: Hamas’ Hostages, Putin’s Prisoners, and Fre...

Oct 20, 2023

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 10:00am – 11:30am Longworth House Office Building 1334 Stream live here: Hamas’ hostages and Putin’s political prisoners have seized the world’s attention, showing the depths oppressors around the world will sink to in terrorizing civilians and undermining democracy. Dictators and terrorists use violence to fuel fear in those they seek […]


Israel and Ukraine Against Terror

Oct 19, 2023

Terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli and Ukrainian civilians have shocked the world with their cruelty and sophistication. These unprovoked attacks are fueled by transnational terrorist networks that include Hamas, Russia, and the Iranian regime, and which regularly target Ukrainian and Israeli civilians and infrastructure. Israel and Ukraine face common foes in terrorist networks that use […]

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Hearing: Israel and Ukraine Against Terror

Oct 13, 2023

Thursday, October 19, 2023 2:00-3:30pm Rayburn House Office Building 2247 Stream here: Terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli and Ukrainian civilians have shocked the world with their cruelty and sophistication. These unprovoked attacks are fueled by transnational terrorist networks that include Hamas, Russia, and the Iranian regime, and which regularly target Ukrainian and Israeli civilians and infrastructure. […]

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Hearing: Has the United Nations Failed Ukraine and t...

Sep 27, 2023

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 2:00 pm to 3:30 p.m. Rayburn House Office Building Room 2200 Stream live here: In 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the largest land war in Europe since World War II. In its wake, experts and leaders like President Zelenskyy raise serious questions whether a United Nations […]

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CSCE Chairman Wilson Welcomes Biden Administration D...

Sep 25, 2023

WASHINGTON—Representative Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), today welcomed the Biden administration’s announcement that the United States will be sending the MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) to Ukraine. With this announcement, the Administration has now committed to sending Ukraine all three weapons systems that CSCE Commissioners […]


Has the UN failed Ukraine and the World?

Sep 23, 2023

  Many leaders and experts argue that the United Nations has struggled to uphold Article I of the UN Charter which mandates the UN to “take effective collective measures for the preventions and removal of threats to the peace,”. Russia, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has been blocking actions to defend […]

In the News

US lawmakers call for Kremlin critic Kara-Murza to b...

Sep 20, 2023


Vladimir Kara-Murza: Putin’s Personal Prisoner

Sep 20, 2023

Stream here: HEARING: Vladimir Kara-Murza: Putin’s Personal Prisoner – YouTube Vladimir Kara-Murza, a father, husband, and a freedom fighter, has been in detention for over five hundred days and is currently being transferred to a prison in Siberia. As he is being moved, his family has lost all contact with him and are faced with worry […]

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Hearing: Vladimir Kara-Murza: Putin’s Personal...

Sep 06, 2023

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 2:00 pm to 3:30 p.m. Rayburn House Building Room 2200 Streaming here: In April of 2022, hours after the Russian politician Vladimir Kara-Murza called the Kremlin “the regime of murderers”, he was arrested on charges of disobeying police orders. The initial charge metastasized into a concocted string of accusations, including “spreading of […]