No. 67: Swiss Military Operations Abroad
Challenges and Options
Author(s): Daniel Möckli, Valentin Misteli
Editor(s): Daniel Möckli
Series: CSS Analysis in Security Policy
Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich
Publication Year: 2010
The contribution of the Swiss armed forces to international crisis management so far has been a limited one. The disparity with regard to the efforts of comparable countries such as Austria, Sweden, and Finland is considerable. The expansion of military peace support, which has been planned for some time, would serve Switzerland's security policy interests, but has so far failed to materialise due to a lack of political will. It would be advisable to explore the option of high-value niche contributions that can gain domestic support. Pragmatism is required on the part of the political parties to facilitate compromise solutions.