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Building Bridges “Tech Tour” 2019: The American Swiss Foundation Explores Silicon Valley

In late September, the ASF hosted a three-day “Tech Tour” in Palo Alto and San Francisco. More than 50 attendees from across the United States and Switzerland—including 10 members of ASF’s board and advisory councils, 33 Young Leader alumni, and various key partners—took part. They visited the Tesla factory in Fremont, Google Cloud in Sunnyvale, Palantir in Palo Alto, and Genentech in South San Francisco, as well as Stanford University and swissnex San Francisco.


Swiss-American Briefing: Technology Regulation in the 21st Century: Part 1

Charting New Territory in Switzerland, the U.S., and Around the World


Swiss-American Briefing: Switzerland and the European Union: Balancing Sovereignty and Close Economic Ties

Switzerland is one of only a handful of European countries that are not members of the European Union. While the ties between Switzerland and the EU are strong, the future of the new framework treaty is uncertain.


Swiss-American Briefing: How Innovation in Biotechnology Is Shaping the Future

Switzerland and the United States regularly receive highest rankings in global-innovation indices—whether for business, entrepreneurship, technology, science, or education. The explosion of innovation related to biotechnology offers yet more opportunities—and more challenges.


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).

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