9th International Security Forum

"Regional and Global Security: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges Today"

Zurich, 30 May - 1 June 2011


Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer

Ladies and Gentlemen
Dear Participants

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!

Signature Ueli Maurer

Ueli Maurer
Federal Councilor
Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports

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Andreas Wenger

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.


Signature Andi Wenger

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