US Foreign Policy vs. Swiss Neutrality

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The term "neutral" is derived from the Latin word "ne uter," meaning neither one nor the other (Swiss Neutrality 2). A nation is neutral when it does not take sides in a war (Swiss Neutrality 2). Since the cessation of the Napoleonic wars in 1815, Switzerland has been an excellent model of an internationally recognized neutral power (Swiss Neutrality 10).

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Dmitriy Prokhnevskiy 10/30/10US Foreign Policy vs. Swiss Neutrality The term "neutral" is derived from the Latin word "ne uter," meaning neither one nor the other (Swiss Neutrality 2). A nation is neutral when it does not take sides in a war (Swiss Neutrality 2). Since the cessation of the Napoleonic wars in 1815, Switzerland has been an excellent model of an internationally recognized neutral power (Swiss Neutrality 10). Despite similar roots of neutrality, the United States of America is currently pursuing a more active foreign policy than that of Switzerland. The differences between non-interventionism and interventionism in politics are vast and ideologically polar. However, neither Switzerland nor the United States adapted these policies overnight, but rather were formed via numerous historical events. The Swiss Confederation has not always been as peace venerating as it is today. As most European states, Switzerland's history is also scarred with its share of wars, occupations, and revolutions. During the French conquest of 1798, Switzerland was belligerent for 16 years (Swiss Neutrality 4). It was not until after it gained back its sovereignty from France that Switzerland chose to declare permanent neutrality of its state in the Paris Agreement of November 20, 1815 (Swiss Neutrality 10). Fast-forward to present day, the Swiss Confederation has successfully continued in its neutrality for over 195 years. Not only is Switzerland n

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