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Swiss foreign policy toward South Africa under apartheid: a longitudinal analysis


Widmer, Thomas; Hirschi, Christian (2004). Swiss foreign policy toward South Africa under apartheid: a longitudinal analysis. CIS News, 9:13-14.

Abstract

Mainly as a follow-up to public debate about Switzerland’s role in World War II, interest in Swiss relations with South Africa’s apartheid regime (1948–1994) was revived during the late 1990s. In response to this public attention, in May 2000 the Federal Council commissioned the Swiss National Science Foundation to carry out a National Research Program (NRP 42+) on Swiss-South African relations during the apartheid era. Arecently concluded research project at the CIS was part of the NRP 42+ and investigated the Swiss Government’s foreign policy toward apartheid South Africa in a longitudinal analysis. The study showed that the steadfastness of this policy can mainly be explained by the fact that various bureaucratic, political, economic, and social circles exhibited high convergence in their opposition to economic sanctions against the apartheid regime – albeit for different reasons.

Abstract

Mainly as a follow-up to public debate about Switzerland’s role in World War II, interest in Swiss relations with South Africa’s apartheid regime (1948–1994) was revived during the late 1990s. In response to this public attention, in May 2000 the Federal Council commissioned the Swiss National Science Foundation to carry out a National Research Program (NRP 42+) on Swiss-South African relations during the apartheid era. Arecently concluded research project at the CIS was part of the NRP 42+ and investigated the Swiss Government’s foreign policy toward apartheid South Africa in a longitudinal analysis. The study showed that the steadfastness of this policy can mainly be explained by the fact that various bureaucratic, political, economic, and social circles exhibited high convergence in their opposition to economic sanctions against the apartheid regime – albeit for different reasons.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:November 2004
Deposited On:23 Jan 2019 15:36
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:09
Publisher:CISU
ISSN:1662-470X
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://www.research-collection.ethz.ch/bitstream/handle/20.500.11850/144720/eth-23594-09.pdf?sequence=9&isAllowed=y
Related URLs:http://www.cis.ethz.ch/ (Publisher)

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