Too Many Men – The Implications on Gender Dynamics of Asia’s Male Surplus

Maria Isabelle Wieser - Asia has a male surplus unprecedented in human history: men outnumber women by 70 million in India and China. The consequences of this imbalance are far reaching and include security and crime, labour markets, real estate, everyday interactions between men, women and the wider society – and, notably, gender dynamics.

Too Many Men – The Security Implications of Asia’s Male Surplus

Benno Zogg - Asia has a male surplus unprecedented in human history: men outnumber women by 70 million in India and China. The consequences of this imbalance are far-reaching and include gender dynamics, labour markets, everyday interactions between men and women – and, notably, security and crime.

Die Schweiz und die Wiederentdeckung Amerikas

Peter Freudenstein – Viel wurde in letzter Zeit auf dem foraus Blog davon berichtet, dass China sich als Weltmacht etabliert hat und wie sich die Schweiz proaktiv zum Land der Mitte ausrichten soll. Gleichzeitig ist der Bundesrat vollauf damit beschäftigt, einen Ausweg aus der Zwickmühle mit der EU zu finden. Zu leicht geht dabei aber vergessen, dass wir mit den USA auf einen langjährigen Partner […]

Vision of Beijing: Rwanda’s Development with Chinese Characteristics

Agnieszka Wiśniewska – Paul Kagame, Chairman of the African Union and President of the Republic of Rwanda, has been proclaimed the 2018 African of the Year by Forbes Africa. The announcement came shortly before the end of Vision 2020, the flagship development programme of this controversial leader. How does the strategy relate to Kagame’s affirmed economic ideals, especially in the context of his country’s strengthening […]

The Swiss-EU Institutional Agreement: An EEA Light? (2/2)

Darius Farman – An analysis of the Institutional Agreement shows how Switzerland negotiated a radically different institutional setup to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Agreement. Instead of autonomous institutions common to these three countries (the "two-pillar system"), the Swiss–EU agreement foresees virtually no supranational or multilateral institutions. This comes however at a price, with a bigger role for EU institutions such as the […]

The Swiss-EU Institutional Agreement: An EEA Light? (1/2)

Darius Farman – On a cold Sunday of December 1992, the Swiss citizens took part in one of the most polarizing and tightest votes in the history of Swiss direct democracy. Asked whether their country should join the European Economic Area (EEA), Swiss citizens decided by a tiny margin to stay out of it. Today, the debates surrounding the controversial Swiss–EU institutional agreement echo those on […]

Switzerland to Confirm Robot as Cabinet Member

… and 22 other ideas for the future of Swiss AI policy   Benjamin Bollmann – BERN, 2026. The Swiss parliament has named a robot to the Federal Council. The appointment follows an intense debate in Switzerland’s two parliamentary chambers over the use of advanced artificial intelligence for the public good, focusing on a directive of the national AI strategy to elect what is now […]