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Is Switzerland Still a Neutral Country?
An Exclusive Alumni, Staff and Fellows Briefing
Today, Switzerland is condemning the invasion of Ukraine, denouncing a violation of international law and imposing sanctions. This begs the question from many across the globe, is Switzerland still neutral?
According to formerPresident of Switzerland, Micheline Calmy-Rey, the Swiss concept of neutrality has never been static. Switzerland has always adjusted and adapted this instrument to serve its interests. Today, Switzerland is pursuing a foreign policy that departs from its traditional restraints and is beginning to broaden its international influence through cooperation and partnership with other states. From the outset, Switzerland's permanent armed neutrality has contributed to peace in Europe. The significance and concept of neutrality has always been dependent on the foreign and security policy situation of the time. What does Swiss neutrality look like in 2022? Join us on the 27th of April to gain a more nuanced understanding.
Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Director, GCSP
Ms Micheline Calmy-Rey, Visiting Professor, University of Geneva, Swiss politician, Member of the Swiss Federal Council from 2003 to 2011
Dr Christina Schori Liang, Head of Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism, Geneva Centre for Security Policy