«To shape the future, you must first know the past»
Since the 1970s the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (Dodis) research centre has been methodically charting the history of Swiss foreign policy. Its work has been likened to «a rigorous process of distillation» (in the Swiss daily newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung). Every year, the Dodis research group sifts through thousands of archival boxes containing around two million files. From this treasure trove of historical sources, it compiles a 2,000-strong short list of the most relevant documentation. These records cover a broad range of Swiss foreign policy and foreign trade matters, and also detail the history of the FDFA.