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Intercultural Study Project 2014


July 31, 2014
August 14, 2014
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Global Security Policy: Responsibility to Protect vs. State Sovereignty – The case of Kosovo and Serbia

Throughout the 1990ies, the international community repeatedly faced grave difficulties handling humanitarian crises such as the ones in Somalia (1993), Rwanda (1994) or Bosnia (1995). In 1999, the NATO intervened in Kosovo to „avoid a second Rwanda“. This raised the question of how the international community should respond to interventions by a state, or a group of states, using military force to alleviate human suffering without explicit authorization by the UN-Security Council. The UN-Security Council at that time was unprepared to unilaterally legitimize the NATO’s use of force – but it didn’t sanction it either. In response to the situation, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) developed a doctrine called Responsibility to Protect (R2P) stating the following:

“Sovereign states have the responsibility to protect their own citizens from avoidable catastrophe – from mass murder and rape, from starvation – but when they are unwilling or unable to do so, that responsibility must be borne by the broader community of states”. 

It is the aim of the ISP to help get a nuanced insight and understanding of Global Security Policy in a short- mid- and long-term perspective, to get to know its actors and the citizen’s living and growing up in such an environment. The project will be developed upon questions like the followings: How did global security policy evolve since NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999? How do respective actors evaluate the situation? What are the heritages of the war in Serbia and Kosovo – on a national and international level – and what are the challenges, perspectives and what’s the potential of these two states? And finally, what is the role of Switzerland?


This year, the ISP is co-organized with the Association UNA-Switzerland.

The organizational structure of the ISP’14 gives every participant a proactive responsibility. Each participant will get involved in one of the working groups in charge of an aspect of the project. The working groups will take care of the fundraising, the organisation of the preparatory workshops, logistics, the study trip and the final session. The detailed program will thus be created by all of the participants on a consensual basis. As initiators, Raphaël and Larissa are taking responsibility for the general coordination and management of the project.


The coordinators

Contact_Larissa BieliContact_Raphael Bez

Larissa Bieli

… studied Political Science and History at the Universities of Zurich and Geneva and is currently working for the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs on Swiss-EU and European External Relations. During the past years, she gained a lot of experience in project management and coaching. On one hand she worked as a volunteer for the EU-Delegation in Switzerland and (student) organisations (e.g. the Young European Swiss and JUNES). On the other hand, she is the president of a girls’ gymnastic group, teaches young girls and young adults in gymnastics several times a week and obtained a diploma as an official Swiss gymnastics coach.

Raphaël Bez

… studied Political Science at the University of Lausanne and is currently finishing his MA in European Studies at the University of Fribourg. Additionally, Raphaël is working part-time as a project assistant in the international sector for the Swiss National Youth Council. He has been active as a volunteer for many years within the Swiss Guide and Scout Movement, as well as with Jugend&Sport. His engagement gave him the opportunity to develop capacities in leadership, coaching and project management. His involvements in the University of Fribourg’s MUN association and the Young European Swiss association contributed to his international experience.