The Think Tank foraus advocates a constructive foreign policy and an informative dialogue: independent, scientific, relevant. Through our platform, we offer young talents voluntary access to the discourse, where they can contribute with their ideas to foreign policy – outside the traditional framework of political parties. foraus publishes scientifically-based policy recommendations in the form of discussion papers, policy briefs and blog posts, as well as organizes high-level debates with the aim of creating innovative solutions for foreign policy.

The success of the think tank is based on a unique grassroots model with more than 120 volunteers who are committed to foraus and have a common goal: to constructively shape Swiss foreign policy. The volunteer network is divided into 12 thematic groups and 9 regional groups, which work on content and organize events on foreign policy challenges. Two offices in Zurich and Geneva support this network.

The Think Tank foraus distinguishes itself with its participatory model to which collective intelligence is central. The involvement and participation in foraus is open to everyone, with an emphasis on having a diverse network. With the Policy Kitchen innovation platform, foreign policy is also now digitally accessible to all, regardless of their location. The platform is intended to encourage interested individuals in developing concrete proposals for solutions to foreign policy challenges and thus be engaged in society.

foraus is part of the Open Think Tank Network (OpenTTN). The OpenTTN promotes the foundation and development of grassroots think tanks around the world, as well as the cooperation of the network in terms of content. The OpenTTN was created in 2016 out of the “foraus global” initiative, which was founded by foraus.


foraus was founded in 2009. It is a tax-free organization and is based on a membership system consisting of several hundred members. Within the last 10 years, foraus has evolved into the Swiss foreign policy think tank, with over a dozen employees. 

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