Marisa Birri, born. 1981, MA, studied History, Constitutional Law and Ethnology at the University of Berne and the University of Bologna. Master Thesis on Switzerland and Kongo in the first years of independence 1960–1963. From 2008 until 2009 trainings at an NGO in London and at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Since July 2009 academic researcher for the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland.
Main fields of research
Swiss relations with African States and decolonisation.
At the DDS responsible for Africa, the Near East, Turkey and Greece as well as for Switzerland’s humanitarian policy, development cooperation and human rights.
Marisa Birri: «Der Kalte Krieg war in Afrika ein Heisser. Die Schweiz und der Kongokonflikt 1960–1963», in: Sandra Bott, Janick Marina Schaufelbuehl, Sacha Zala (Hg.): Die internationale Schweiz in der Zeit des Kalten Krieges (Itinera, 30), Basel 2011, 65–79.