5th International Security Forum

"Setting the 21st Century Security Agenda"

Zurich, 14 - 16 October 2002

Ladies and Gentlemen

The Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich hosts the 5th International Security Forum (ISF) from 14-16 October 2002 at the Congress Palace in Zurich. The ISF is sponsored and co-organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sports and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs as an official Swiss government contribution to the Partnership for Peace. Major conference partners and co-organizers include but are not limited to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, and the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva). We are delighted to invite you and your institution to contribute and participate actively in this important forum.

The 5th ISF will bring together about 500 high-level civil servants, diplomats, military officers, academics, and representatives of non-governmental organisations from the Euro-Atlantic area. The objective is to create a platform for discussion and exchange on current security issues. This year's conference will run under the theme Setting the 21st-Century Agenda. It seeks to promote practical cooperation between the EAPC member states and to identify future key issues and trends in international security. Given the knowledge and resources available at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, this year's program will also address the challenges presented by new information and communications technologies.

The conference will consist of three plenary sessions and six tracks of parallel workshops. The first and second tracks will deal with knowledge management and e-learning in security policy. The third track will examine various aspects of human security. The fourth and fifth tracks will focus on security sector reforms. The sixth track will deal with topics in contemporary security policy, including terrorism.

Participation at the 5th ISF is by invitation only. If you or your institution are interested in participating, feel free to contact us at isf@sipo.gess.ethz.ch.

Sincerely,

Kurt R.Spillmann
Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research

Andreas Wenger
Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research