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Swiss-American Briefing: U.S.-Swiss Free Trade Agreement: It’s On the Horizon

Switzerland and the United States have enjoyed a long history of fruitful economic cooperation and cross-border investment. The two countries are key trading partners, and the U.S. is the No. 1 destination for Swiss investment, as well as one of the largest foreign investors in Switzerland. Despite these strong ties, the two countries do not have a free trade agreement. Voices on both sides of the Atlantic have been growing louder in support of a bilateral free trade agreement.


Swiss-American Briefing: Blockchain: The Technology for a New and Better Internet?

Switzerland and the United States are leaders of innovation in technology. Blockchain, the technology best known for underlying most cryptocurrencies, has many other potential uses and is viewed by developers and investors as the technology that will create a new kind of Internet. Blockchain makes possible transactions that are faster, cheaper, and more secure than today. What are the challenges and opportunities of this new technology? How are Swiss and U.S. businesses and regulators responding​


Swiss-American Briefing: Apprenticeships and Vocational Education in Switzerland—and in the United States

In Switzerland, the apprenticeship system combines vocational training with a paid job. After choosing a trade, an apprentice will spend part of his or her week in the classroom (vocational training) and the other part learning about the trade through on-the-job work experience (the apprenticeship). Apprentices are incorporated into the company’s workforce and play an active working role, for which they receive a salary. In the United States, apprenticeships have begun to make a comeback.


Swiss-American Briefing: Tax Reform and International Competitiveness

How important is corporate tax reform for a country’s global competitiveness? The U.S. Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017. Has the new tax law improved U.S. competitiveness? Swiss voters rejected a reform proposal in early 2017. Has it affected Switzerland?


Op-Ed: Building New Free Trade Alliances

Read about why the U.S. and Switzerland should capitalize on momentum to forge a trade deal in this Op-Ed by Kent Lassman, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (YL 2017) and Patricia Schramm, president of the American Swiss Foundation (YL 1999) published in the Washington Times on November 7, 2018


Building Bridges Leadership Conference 2018, Washington, DC

The American Swiss Foundation held its triennial Building Bridges conference on September 27 and 28, 2018. The conference featured alumni of the annual Young Leaders Conferences and U.S. and Swiss leaders in business, government, media, and public policy. Six panel discussions were held at The Heritage Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).


Swiss-American Briefing: Crypto Markets: New Money and Exchanges for the Cyber Age?

Cryptocurrencies are hailed as the future of money by some – and dismissed as a bubble by others. What are they? Crypto, bitcoin, blockchain—what does it all mean? There is more in the crypto world than currencies. What does it mean for Switzerland and for the United States?


Building Bridges 2018: Leadership Conference and Alumni Reunion

On September 27, the American Swiss Foundation held its gala dinner in honor of the late Ambassador Faith Whittlesey at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in DC. To view a moving and beautiful In Memoriam video, please click "read more"


Swiss-American Briefing: Infrastructure Part II: Power Grids and Cyberspace

In the 21st century, the Internet and cyberspace have become standard—even mandatory—components of daily life in the Western world, whether for business, government, or individuals. Electric grids and online systems face growing challenges and threats. How are the U.S. and Switzerland positioned to deal with the infrastructure of the cyber age?


July Briefing: Public Infrastructure in Switzerland and the United States

Reliable infrastructure is a cornerstone of modern and developed countries. Highways and railways, bridges and tunnels, the electric grid and broadband—today, these are necessary components of nearly every aspect of business and daily life.

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