Swiss Foreign Policy provides in-depth insights into the procedures and constraints of Swiss foreign policy, answering questions such as: Why is Switzerland not a member of the European Union? What are the implications of staying apart and how important is neutrality in today's Europe? What are the implications of federalism and direct democracy on foreign policy? How should conflicting interests in foreign policy decision-making be dealt with? The book is essential reading to all those interested in foreign policy analysis, the relationship between democracy and international relations, the significance of being a small state in contemporary Europe and the specificities of the Swiss political system.