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Wed, 30 Mar


Bellevue Palace, Bern

Crisis management - how well was and is Switzerland prepared?

The pandemic changed our lives abruptly. Within a very short time, our society was confronted with major problems that had previously been little known. Although Switzerland had repeatedly attested to good crisis management, the reality was different.

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Crisis management - how well was and is Switzerland prepared?
Crisis management - how well was and is Switzerland prepared?

Time & Location

30 Mar 2022, 18:00 – 21:00

Bellevue Palace, Bern, Kochergasse 3/5, 3011 Bern, Schweiz


About the event

18:00 - 19:50 | Presentations & panel discussion | Moderator: Dr. Wolfgang Herles, former head of politics at ZDF


Major General Georg Klein, Head of the Engagement Department, Base Command of the German Armed Forces (presentation)

Dr. Stefan Holenstein, President of the National Conference of Military Associations (NCMA) (presentation)

Hans-Jürg Käser, Head of Security Exercise 19; former President of the CCDJP (presentation & panel)

Rainer Deutschmann, Head of the National Crisis Team of the Migros Group (panel)

Marianne Binder-Keller, National Councillor (Centre); member of CIP-N (panel)

Brigadier Raynald Droz, Commander of the Military Police; former Chief of Staff of the Operations Command (panel)

19:50 - 21:00 h | Aperitif


The 10th SSF Security Talk will therefore be devoted to the central theme of crisis management:


How crisis-proof is the Swiss political system with its special features such as federalism, concordance or the consultation procedure? Does such a system also work in an emergency?

What is needed for optimal crisis management in terms of structures, processes, communication and leadership? Who should take responsibility in a crisis situation?

What conclusions can be drawn in comparison with other countries? What lessons can be learned from past coordinated national security exercises? Are Swiss authorities and organisations prepared to take such test situations seriously and not to treat them as "fair weather exercises"?

Is it possible to train for crisis management? And can the knowledge gained be quickly mobilised in an emergency?

What needs to be done to make the population better able to manage crises?


We were pleased to win Dr. Wolfgang Herles as the moderator of the 10th FSS Security Talk. As the former head of politics at ZDF, he is a proven expert on the subject.

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