Science diplomacy as an innovative tool in our international relations

Swiss foreign minister Ignazio Cassis is trying to give the country's foreign policy a new twist, including getting more involved in science. Here he argues for development of a cross-cutting field called "Science Diplomacy". The international security situation is worrying. International law is often flouted, states' positions are polarised, and treaties guaranteeing strategic balances are threatened or no longer renewed. In this situation, how can we maintain dialogue between the various actors of the international community? Over the past 30 years, Switzerland has built up an internationally recognised profile, particularly in the field of peacebuilding. It must use this experience to find innovative solutions and develop new channels of exchange. In this respect, science diplomacy is a key instrument for fostering cooperation between States. I have launched a project to develop a new vision for Switzerland's foreign policy by 2028 (AVIS 28), which considers that ...
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