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Is Switzerland doing enough for its security?

Date: 19. - 19.08.2024 18.00 - 19.30

Christoph Vollenweider discusses the current global security policy situation and the Security Policy Manifesto, which was drawn up by a Lilienberg working group with various personalities from the security sector, with the State Secretary for Security Policy in the VBS, Brigadier Markus Mäder.

The global security situation is worse than it has been for 80 years. In Europe, the signs are pointing to a storm: Russia's war against Ukraine and the worldwide rise of authoritarian and anti-democratic forces are threatening the political order and the democratic and liberal world of states based on law, human rights and principles of international law to an extent not seen since the Second World War. Europe, with its long border with Russia, is particularly challenged; a major war is no longer ruled out, but is rapidly moving into the realm of possibility.

And: Switzerland is not prepared for this with its current security policy. The population and politicians have not yet really understood that the Ukraine war, but also the Middle East war and the situation in the Far East (China and Taiwan) are extraordinary events in world history and that corresponding extraordinary efforts are therefore imperative.

The Lilienberg Entrepreneurs' Forum Foundation has therefore drawn up a manifesto that makes demands on the five most important pillars of security policy: Foreign policy (neutrality), the army, civil protection, information/disinformation and also on the topic of Switzerland's leadership in crises.

The head of the newly created State Secretariat for Security Policy at the DDPS, Brigadier Markus Mäder, has agreed to talk to us about this manifesto and its demands, as well as about his efforts to improve Switzerland's security in today's geopolitical environment. 

The event is being held in collaboration with the Cantonal Officers' Association of Thurgau.

Administrative notes

  • Cost (per person):
    Talk and Apero Riche for non-members: CHF 30.--; discount for students and trainees (only with valid ID): CHF 10.--

    Talk and Apero Riche for membership sponsor and friend: free of charge

    Talk and Apero Riche for members of the Cantonal Officers' Association of Thurgau: paid for by the Officers' Association of Thurgau (members of the Cantonal Officers' Association of Thurgau are requested to mention their membership in the online registration form under "Comments").

    Talk and Apero Riche for patrons of Allianz Security Switzerland: paid for by Allianz Security Switzerland (patrons of Allianz Security Switzerland are requested to mention their membership in the online registration form under “Comments”).

  • Registration deadline: August 17, 2024