Think Tank

A Catalyst for the Ideas of Young Thinkers

Bridging the Gap between Academia and Politics

Young academics come up with new ideas, not only to contribute to their fields of expertise, but to make recommendations on Swiss policies. They live in Switzerland and want to help shape this country and make an impact on its future.

The project aims at enabling young researchers to put their ideas into words and pictures, so that they reach the public and initiate an open dialogue: leaving the ivory tower and engaging in the political debate about Switzerland’s – and their own – future.


Think Tank

Young foreign policy enthusiasts from all over Switzerland are invited to join a think tank at foraus, the Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy. In this context, they may present their independent recommendations on Swiss foreign policies and expose themselves to a critical scholarly discourse.

Various topics will be put out for tender. People who are interested apply individually or as a pair by submitting a proposal that presents their approach. A jury will then select the most interesting ideas and invite the authors to join a two-day think tank.

Think tank participants will write a text that promotes their recommendations and is suitable for publishing. foraus will publish the papers and will try to initiate a public debate through several traditional and new media.

Thematic Priorities

During the next two years, four think tanks about the following topics are going to take place: migration, the relations between Switzerland and Europe, international law and development policies.

foraus aims at reaching young and committed thinkers who want to make a difference. It offers them a platform and encourages them to use their knowledge for the development of specific recommendations for policy-makers and the broad public.


The project is conducted by foraus and aims at impacting the public debate on Swiss foreign policies. It relies on a network of research, public services, diplomacy, and economy to reach its goal and regularly publishes working papers, analyses, and blogs.

The Hirschmann Foundation funds the project with an amount of CHF 60,000 (2016 to 2018).