The Future of Swiss Foreign and Security Policy: Increasing International Cooperation is the Key to National Autonomy
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS
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This thesis investigates the future development of Swiss foreign and security policy, particularly in the context of the continuing trend toward alliances and cooperative policymaking entities in and around Europe. It focuses on two topics 1 how international cooperation, in general, influences national autonomy and neutrality and 2 the impact of the European Unions Lisbon Treaty on Swiss foreign, security, and defense policies. These topics inform the central question of the thesis Is increasing international cooperation the key to Swiss national autonomy and Switzerlands place in the international system of state At first glance, this question may appear inherently contradictory. How can more extensive international cooperation lead to greater national autonomy in Swiss statecraft It is the aim of this study to investigate and explain how cooperation in one political area can enhance and support autonomy in another political area. The thesis concludes by measuring the value of autonomy and developing some evolutionary models for future international cooperation. The final chapter provides an assessment of how much international cooperation is appropriate or recommended in light of its national and international consequences.
- Government and Political Science