Switzerland imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia after it launched its military aggression against Ukraine. The step has made international headlines and has sparked questions as to whether Switzerland is still a neutral country and how these decisions affect its overall foreign policy. Other traditionally neutral countries such as Sweden and Finland have now decided to apply for NATO membership. So what do all these developments mean for the future of neutrality in Europe and the post-Cold War security architecture? And how are these countries and geopolitical shifts viewed in Russia?


Mr Markus Leitner, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Kingdom

Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Joint leader of the Baltic Geopolitics Programme at the Centre for Geopolitics, former UK Home Secretary and former MP for Norwich South

Ms Bridget Kendall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, Master of Peterhouse and former BBC Moscow, Washington and Diplomatic Correspondent

Professor Christopher Hill, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge; Emeritus Fellow of Sidney Sussex College

Moderator: Dr Steven Ward, Assistant Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge; Fellow of Pembroke College

This event is organised in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland and Cambridge Swiss Society and is part of the Embassy’s tour across the UK. Check out their other events on www.weareswitzerland.uk and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.