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“The USA is already trying to pressure”

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“Switzerland is the country that has best prepared for its seat on the UN Security Council”: Thomas Biersteker, Professor of International Relations at the IHEID in Geneva.


Camilla AlaborEditor Sunday view

Switzerland has been on the UN Security Council since the beginning of the year – and thus side by side with the great powers USA, China and Russia. In the run-up to the candidacy, there were concerns that the country was jeopardizing its neutrality. What does the UN expert say about this? A conversation with Thomas Biersteker (72), Professor of International Relations at the IHEID in Geneva.

Mr. Biersteker, is Switzerland risking its neutrality by becoming a member of the UN Security Council?
Thomas Biersteker: no When making decisions, Switzerland should be guided by its well-known positions: defense of human rights, respect for international law, mediation in conflict situations. This does not constitute a violation of neutrality. What is true, however, is that the UN Security Council is more politicized today than it was five or ten years ago. The great powers are more hostile to each other. That makes it harder to find solutions.

How come?
The increasing politicization began with the dispute over the intervention in Libya in 2011. The USA, Great Britain and France interpreted the UN mandate to protect the population as a free pass for regime change – with which Russia and China did not agree at all. Added to this were the sanctions against Russia after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The relationship between the USA and China has also deteriorated in recent years. But all this does not mean that the big ones simply order the small ones around.

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