853-0058-00L  Swiss Foreign and Security Politics Since 1945

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersA. Wenger
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for Public Policy BA and DAS in Military Sciences.


AbstractThis course provides students with an overview of the main features of Swiss foreign and security policy since 1945. The focus is on the emergence and development of security policy strategies and instruments in a historical context. Using primary and secondary source texts as a basis, selected topics are analyzed and discussed in tutorials.
ObjectiveThe participants have a solid overview of the evolution of Swiss foreign and security policy since 1945.
ContentThe first part of the lecture clarifies the term "security" and analyzes the change of its meaning in politics and academia over time. The focus of the second part is on the development of Swiss security policy since 1945. We will look at the different concepts of security policy, which range from "total defense" to "cooperative security". We then will analyze the gap between planning and execution, focusing on the two key developments of security policy, that is foreign policy and armed forces. The tutorials help to deepen the understanding of key aspects of Swiss foreign and security policy-making. We will read and discuss a number of key (primary and secondary) sources.
LiteratureMandatory reading: Spillman, Kurt R., Andreas Wenger, Christoph Breitenmoser and Marcel Gerber. Schweizer Sicherheitspolitik seit 1945: Zwischen Autonomie und Kooperation. Zürich: Verlag neue Zürcher Zeitung, 2001.
The book is out of print, students can access the text in the virtual class room (Moodle).
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture is supported by a virtual class room (Moodle). If you have questions concerning the lecture, please contact Niklas Masuhr, Link.