8. March 2017
Event

Learn Dodis Day 2017

Die Forschungsstelle der Diplomatischen Dokumente der Schweiz lädt im Rahmen ihrer wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchsförderung zum Learn Dodis Day 2017.

Die Veranstaltung richtet sich in erster Linie an Studierende der Geschichte an Schweizer Universitäten, ist aber auch der interessierten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich.

18. January 2017
Communication

Dodis on the World Stage at Davos

Handing over of the gift at the WEF in the afternoon of January 17, 2017. Photo: Damien Cottier.

On 17 January 2017, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter presented a book to the outgoing US-Secretary of State John Kerry as a farewell gift. This publication «‹If Neutral Switzerland Did not Exist, We Would Have Had to Invent It›. A Brief Selection of Documents on the Relations Between Switzerland, the United States and Cuba 1961–1971» is a special edition of Dodis-documents.

23. December 2016
Communication

«Harmony Must Dominate the World»

Im Fokus des sechsten Bandes der Reihe «Quaderni di Dodis» stehen die Aktivitäten internationaler Organisationen im weiten Feld der Musik in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts. «Harmony must dominate the world». Mit diesem Motto rief der australische Friedensaktivist Alfred E. Evershed Mitte der 1930er Jahre alle musikalischen Menschen dazu auf, sich einer globalen Harmoniekampagne anzuschliessen und auf diese Weise einen Beitrag zum Frieden in der Welt zu leisten. Bis heute wird der Musik wie kaum einem anderen Kulturgut die Fähigkeit zugesprochen, Grenzen aller Art zu überwinden.

e-Dossier: Swiss Representation of US-Interests in Cuba

A «Special Relationship»: Cubas Prime Minister Fidel Castro talking to Swiss ambassador Emil Stadelhofer (right) in 1964. Source: dodis.ch/40943

«If neutral Switzerland did not exist, we [would have] had to invent it», an influential advisor of US President John F. Kennedy said in March 1962 to the Swiss ambassador in Washington, August R. Lindt. This «complete satisfaction» was also due to the Swiss representation of US interests in Cuba, which came to an end in August 2015 due to the renewal of diplomatic relations between Havana and Washington.

e-dossier: The Washington Agreement of 1946

Chief Delegate Minister Walter Stucki shortly before his departure to Washington. Schweizerische Filmwochenschau, 22 March 1946, cf. dodis.ch/dds/1169.

In spring 1946, a high-ranking Swiss delegation visited Washington to negotiate the release of frozen Swiss assets in the USA as well as the end of the allied boycott of companies that, during WWII, had traded with the Axis Powers. In turn, the USA, Great Britain, and France demanded that Swiss banks hand over German assets. The Washington Agreement (dodis.ch/1725), finalised 70 years ago, on 25 May 1946, after difficult negotiations, represents a milestone in Swiss foreign policy.

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