The 2011 protest movements and uprisings triggered lengthy processes with uncertain outcomes in the countries of North Africa. What is left today of what was dubbed the 'Arab Spring'? What foreign policy should Switzerland pursue in this region? This SPS provides an overview of the transition in North Africa and explains how Switzerland promotes peaceful change in the region.
In view of the armed conflicts facing the world today, the international community is being challenged more than ever before. This edition, entitled ‘International humanitarian law places limits on the conduct of war’, examines the internationally binding rules of warfare and demonstrates how this can be used to protect civilians in the Middle East and Ukraine, and to help child soldiers in the Philippines.
This edition explores the frequently underestimated but crucial topic of ‘equipment and logistics in Switzerland’s peacebuilding activities’. A glimpse behind the scenes shows how important logistics are in both civilian and military missions and how challenges are met.
The book describes the rules, procedures and practices of the General Assembly (GA) in a simple, easily understandable manner. In her foreword, President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard, expresses her hopes that the handbook would become a useful tool for all those working with the GA and would contribute to a smooth and efficient functioning of the GA as one of the main UN organs.
A cornerstone of Switzerland‘s development and humanitarian aid policy.
This issue showcases career prospects and opportunities in civilian and military peacebuilding. The information service cinfo, the Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding and the SWISSINT training centre give us their perspective on what it takes to have a successful career in peacebuilding. Flexibility is the key to starting out in this profession, where most opportunities involve short-term missions on temporary contracts.
The ABCs glossary explains UN institutions and bodies, defines key terms in UN vocabulary, and provides an overview of Switzerland's UN policy. It explains how Switzerland is implementing its commitment, the objectives it is pursuing, and the specific spheres in which it is active.
The illegal arms trade and human security are the themes of this edition with a specific focus on the new Arms Trade Treaty, the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons, and the secure storage and destruction of weapons and munitions. Switzerland supports all efforts in this area, especially in those regions where the uncontrolled handling of weapons is threatening security and stability.
The current issue of SPS throws a spotlight on the crisis of Europe's security architecture with analyses and articles about expert deployments in the hotspots in Ukraine and the South Caucasus. Other topics include the security sector reform as part of the peace process in Mali and the significance of human rights in the migration flows in southern Europe.
This magazine on Swiss foreign policy publishes articles written by experts. It appears several times a year. The articles are published usually in the language in which they were written. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views of the FDFA.
This edition is dedicated to the subject of prevention – in terms of health and security – for people working in peacebuilding missions. For these experts involved on the ground, both physical and mental factors are important to maintaining a healthy balance between work and free time, and to carrying out missions successfully. This edition also looks at the issue of gender within the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and the experience of the OAS in demobilising the different armed groups in Colombia.
The strategy sets out the Federal Council's priorities and areas of special interest in foreign policy. Its strategic objectives for the 2016-2019 legislative period include consolidating and regulating relations with the EU and the EU and EFTA countries, working more closely with global partners, expanding mediation activities in the field of peace and security, and pursuing the commitment to sustainable development and prosperity.