9th International Security Forum
"Regional and Global Security: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges Today"
Zurich, 30 May - 1 June 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 9th International Security Forum in Switzerland. I am glad that so many of you have made your way to Zurich. The ISF has found a loyal (and ever-growing) circle of friends around the world – exactly what its founders intended when they launched this conference 17 years ago.
"Regional and Global Security: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges Today" is the theme for this year’s ISF. All would agree that action today is better than waiting to undo the problems of tomorrow. This is what we all try to do, in our day-to-day life, and it is what we are bound to seek while preserving and enhancing our security as well.
But we must acknowledge that nothing is more difficult than anticipating the future. Who among us could have predicted the current state of the world even a few years ago? Who could have envisaged the large-scale economic crisis shaking parts of the world, or the nuclear and natural catastrophes that have devastated parts of Japan, or the sweeping revolutions across the Arab world? Very likely no one could have.
There is only one certainty and that is we cannot know the future. However, as security experts and leaders we are nevertheless bound to prepare for uncertain outcomes and to anticipate, as far as possible, what might come.
We are responsible for meeting challenges to our security. Therefore, we gather here, at the ISF 2011, to discuss together – instead of each contemplating alone – what this future might look like. And thereby, hopefully, we will build a clearer vision of what is needed to preserve and enhance security, a precious common good. Towards this end, I wish you all an interesting and inspiring conference!
Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports
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Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my honor to inform you that the Center for Security Studies (CSS) and the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) will host the forthcoming 9th International Security Forum (ISF). The ISF is titled “Regional and Global Security: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges Today”. This high-level conference will take place from 30 May – 1 June 2011 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.
As a Swiss government contribution to the Partnership for Peace program, the International Security Forum 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 Councilor Ueli Maurer will open the conference.
This internationally renowned conference brings together over 500 experts with a security and political analysis background, including politicians, diplomats, civil servants, military officials, academics and representatives from non-governmental organizations. The ISF will be a unique opportunity for participants to engage in discussions, meet colleagues, and share ideas.
The conference opens with a plenary session and a keynote speech, followed by three topic sessions on day one. The second day features 24 panel sessions covering six themed areas ranging from terrorism to human security. The final day of the conference adds a further three topic sessions before concluding with a plenary session addressing power shifts and the international order. In all, the conference draws together over 100 leading international speakers from prestigious government, think tank and academic posts.
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), and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Participation at the ISF 2011 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.
We look forward to welcoming you to the International Security Forum 2011 in Zurich.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Wenger
Director, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich