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Welcome to the International Relations and Security Network (ISN).

The ISN is a free public service that provides a wide range of high-quality and comprehensive products and resources to encourage the exchange of information among international relations and security professionals worldwide. The ISN works to promote a better understanding of the strategic challenges we face in today’s changed security environment.

Based in Zurich, Switzerland, at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), the ISN’s dedicated team – drawn from various disciplines, including the humanities, the social sciences, and information and communication technology – engage in research projects and education activities, provide news stories and in-depth analyses, and develop technologies for information sharing and for creating and supporting e-learning.

The ISN has close relationships with leading international partner institutes – research institutes, think tanks, and government and non-governmental organizations. The ISN supports its ever-increasing partner network by organizing conferences and seminars, bringing together experts and policy-makers, and fostering the electronic exchange of information.

By cooperating with its partners, the ISN is able to offer its international audience a vast amount of high-quality content through its website. In fact, the ISN provides more online publications, interactive learning content, annotated links, and events than any other comparable service available – free of charge and tailored to the needs of each individual user.

Since it was launched in 1994, the ISN has continually responded to the information needs of its users – it has hundreds of thousands of visitors each month – and has taken advantage of the many opportunities offered by new technologies, while always upholding its autonomy, accountability, and academic integrity. The ISN is jointly funded by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports and ETHZurich.


American Enterprise Institute


Amnesty International


The Asia America Initiative (AAI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic ideals, strengthening international security and mediating in conflict-plagued areas throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Through combining model humanitarian programs with traditional policy forums and pro-active strategic reports, AAI takes a unique approach in finding solutions to seemingly intractable challenges.


Aspen Institute