Human Security in 21st Century World Politics
Urs Ziswiler, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, presented a public talk titled, "Human Security in 21st Century World Politics," at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2007 in 016 Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. This lecture was held in conjunction with the Arnold Guyot Bicentennial Exhibit in Frist Campus Center (September 5 to October 26, 2007). The lecture was co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences. It was free and open to the public.
Urs Ziswiler was appointed ambassador of Switzerland to the United States on March 25, 2006. He most recently served as head of the Directorate of Political Affairs at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and as senior diplomatic advisor to the minister of foreign affairs. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1979, Ambassador Ziswiler has held a number of postings both in Bern and abroad, including ambassador to Canada and the Bahamas (1999-2004), chargé d'affaires for Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1993), as well as deputy chief of mission of the Swiss embassies in Buenos Aires (1994-95), Tel Aviv (1988-90), Kinshasa, Lagos and Oslo (1980-85). In Bern, Ambassador Ziswiler served as head of the Political Division for Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy and coordinator for international refugee policy (1995-99), as well as spokesman and head of the Information Department in the European Integration Office (1990-92).
Ambassador Ziswiler holds a law degree from the University of Geneva and the University of Zurich, and has a post-graduate diploma on developing countries from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.