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Tue, 31 Aug


Hotel Schweizerhof, Bern

Switzerland and Neutrality - Challenge in a globalized world?

Admission: CHF 80 (free admission for members as well as students and persons in training) - Box office will be open at the Hotel Schweizerhof from 17:15 - Admission only with a Covid Certificate and a valid ID

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Switzerland and Neutrality - Challenge in a globalized world?
Switzerland and Neutrality - Challenge in a globalized world?

Time & Location

31 Aug 2021, 18:00 – 20:00

Hotel Schweizerhof, Bern, Bahnhofpl. 11, 3001 Bern, Schweiz


About the event

There is hardly any other political issue where the Swiss are as unanimous as on neutrality: 96% of the Swiss people surveyed spoke out in favor of maintaining neutrality in the annual “Sicherheit 2020” study by the Center for Security Studies . From the point of view of the study authors, neutrality has become part of the cultural identity of the Swiss population .


On closer inspection, however, there is a high degree of disagreement among the population regarding the implementation of Swiss neutrality policy . Foreign, security and economic policy issues such as Switzerland's membership in international organizations, cooperation with foreign armed forces or arms exports regularly cause controversial discussions.


So do we need a new definition of Swiss neutrality? We invite you to discuss the following questions with experts at the FSS Security Talk:

  • What significance does the principle of neutrality under international law still have in the 21st century in view of advancing globalization?
  • How can neutrality be preserved in a globalized world with changing alliances ?
  • What are the strategic and political implications of an “armed neutrality” strategy?
  • How can Switzerland use its economic potential for a successful foreign trade and neutrality policy?

We are pleased to welcome four renowned experts to the 8th SSF Security Talk with former Federal Councilor Micheline Calmy-Rey, Ambassador Pälvi Pulli , Head of Security Policy DDPS, Prof. Dr. Oliver Diggelmann and Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Director of the Geneva Center for Security Policy. For the subsequent panel discussion, we are pleased to welcome National Councilor and FPC member Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter.


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