7th International Security Forum

"New Risks and Threats: The Challenge of Securing State and Society"

Zurich, 26 - 28 October 2006

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a privilege to inform you that the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) will host the forthcoming 7th International Security Forum (ISF). The 7th ISF is titled “New Risks and Threats: The Challenge of Securing State and Society”. This high-level conference and will take place from 26 - 28 October 2006 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.

As a Swiss government contribution to the Partnership for Peace program, the 7th ISF is supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Federal Councillor Samuel Schmid will open the conference, and State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Dr. Michael Ambühl will give the closing address.

This internationally renowned conference will bring together some 500 experts with a security-political background, including civil servants, diplomats, military officials, academics, and representatives from non-governmental organizations. The 7th ISF will be a unique opportunity for participants to engage in discussions, meet colleagues, and share ideas.
The conference will consist of two plenary sessions, six topic sessions, and six tracks of parallel panels involving more than 120 speakers. Confirmed speakers include US Senator Gary Hart, Dr. Ronald Asmus, (Transatlantic Center of the German Marshall Fund of the US), Sir Hilary Synnott, KCMG (former Regional Coordinator for Southern Iraq), Alyson Bailes (SIPRI), Rosemary Hollis (Chatham House), David Leakey (former Commander EUFOR), Michael Oborne (OECD), and Julian Lindley-French (University of Munich).

Major conference partners and co-organizers include the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva (HEI), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes.

Participation at the 7th ISF is by invitation only. If you or your institution are interested in participating, please apply for an invitation online. If you would like further information, please contact the ISF Organization Team, or telephone +41 44 632 04 25.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 7th ISF in Zurich.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Wenger
Director, Center for Security Studies (CSS)