Ambassador of Switzerland Discusses Neutrality and Diplomacy at IUS

Swiss Ambassador

On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) hosted a significant event as part of its ongoing Shuttle Diplomacy Talks, organized by the Balkans Studies Centre. The guest of honor for this session was His Excellency Daniel Hunn, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The event commenced with a warm welcome extended to His Excellency by Prof. Dr. Ahmet Yıldırım, the Rector of IUS, Dr. Hamza Preljević, Director of the Balkans Studies Centre, and Velida Handžić-Mirica, Manager of the University Communications Office.

Ambassador Hunn's presentation centered on the theme of "Swiss Diplomacy: Neutrality as a Foreign Policy Concept." Drawing upon Switzerland's longstanding tradition of neutrality, he provided valuable insights into the implications and challenges associated with this unique foreign policy stance. Of particular interest was his discussion on Switzerland's non-membership in the European Union or the NATO alliance, highlighting the complexities and advantages of maintaining neutrality in a rapidly changing geopolitical landscape.

Furthermore, Ambassador Hunn offered a nuanced analysis of current global issues, including the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza. He also briefly addressed the political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of Switzerland's perspective on regional affairs.

Following the presentation, the floor was opened for an extensive question and answer session, allowing interested students to engage directly with the Ambassador. This interactive exchange provided an opportunity for attendees to deeply explore topics of interest and gain firsthand insights into the intricacies of Swiss diplomacy.

As the Shuttle Diplomacy Talks continue to facilitate dialogue between diplomats, scholars, and students, they play a crucial role in promoting diplomacy and cooperation in the Balkans region and beyond.