In keeping with its long tradition of sovereignty and neutrality, Switzerland is one of only a handful of Western European countries that have not joined the European Union. Nevertheless, the ties between Switzerland and the European Union are close.
As a neutral country, Switzerland has long offered its services—“good offices”—to nations in conflict. Such services range from providing a negotiating venue in Switzerland to initiating contact between the opposing sides and acting as disinterested mediator.
Young Leaders alumni are invited to the next Gallatin Forum in Washington, DC, on "The American Legal System: Swiss Roots and Current Challenges for Transatlantic Business."