Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zürich

The Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich is a center of competence for Swiss and international security policy. It offers security policy expertise in research, teaching, and consultancy. The CSS promotes understanding of security policy challenges as a contribution to a more peaceful world. Its work is independent, practice-relevant, and based on a sound academic footing.

The CSS combines research and policy consultancy and, as such, functions as a bridge between academia and practice. It trains highly qualified junior researchers and serves as a point of contact and information for the interested public.
Since 2002, Prof. Dr. Andreas Wenger has headed the CSS, which is part of the Department of Humanities, Social, and Political Sciences (D-GESS) at ETH Zurich and was founded in 1986 by Prof. Kurt R. Spillmann. Together with the political science professorships at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, it makes up the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS). The CSS has maintained a strategic partnership with the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sports (DDPS) since 2004 and a similar partnership with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) since 2012.


Haldeneggsteig 4, IFW
CH-8092 Zurich
Phone: ++41 44 632 40 25
Fax: ++41 44 632 19 41

Benno Zogg is a researcher in the Swiss and Euro-Atlantic Security Team at the Center for Security Studies (CSS). He is co-editor of the policy brief series CSS Analysis in Security Policy. Benno Zogg is also Co-Head of the Peace & Security Programme at foraus, a think tank on foreign policy, another member of the OSCE Network. He holds a BA in Political Science and Modern History from the University of Zurich, and an MA in Conflict, Security & Development from King's College London. Before joining the CSS in 2015, Benno Zogg gained experience at the Swiss Consulate General in Hong Kong and at a London-based NGO for conflict resolution and mediation. His areas of research include, apart from Swiss foreign and security policy, development policy and its relation with security and organized crime in fragile states. He is further focusing on the international politics of the post-Soviet space, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in particular.