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Meeting Tomorrow’s Security Challenges

Theme International Security Forum (ISF)

Theme of the International Security Forum (ISF) 2011, courtesy of Tim Wendel, ISN

Can the world find a new blueprint for collective action to resolve global, regional and national challenges, or will shifting power patterns lead to further fragmentation? This challenging question is at the core of the upcoming International Security Forum (ISF) 2011.

The biannual conference’s topic is “Regional and Global Security: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges Today”. During the three days, speakers and participants will discuss the implications of the economic and geopolitical shifts for the international security agenda on the global and regional level.

  • On the first day, the sessions will look at the future handling of nuclear weapons, at migration and security, and at challenges and opportunities associated with public-private cooperation in security governance.
  • The 24 panel sessions on the second day will explore five different themes: 9/11 Plus Ten, Regional Security: Local Dynamics – Global Impact, Present and Future of Conflict, Human Security, and State Failure / State Building.
  • The last day examines the impact and effectiveness of international sanctions, the lessons to be learned from Afghanistan, and the future direction of the European Union.

The ISF is particularly pleased to announce that the Swiss Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer will open the conference.

For the first time, ISF participants can easily get in touch with each other before, during and after the conference. The ISN supports the ISF with an exclusive online community providing participants with a platform for networking, discussions and conference-related information.

The high-level conference is organized by the Center for Security Studies (CSS) and the International Relations and Security Network (ISN). It will take place from 30 May – 1 June 2011 in Zurich and will bring together some 550 international security policy experts. Participation at the ISF 2011 is by invitation only. If you or your institution are interested in taking part, please apply for an invitation online.

As a Swiss government contribution to the Partnership for Peace program, the ISF 2011 is supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Among the main conference partners and co-organizers are the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Please contact the ISF Organization Team for further information.