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  • Writer's pictureSorina I. Crisan, PhD

UN Today Coverage of Persuasive Discourse

This January, UN Today co-published our interview with Fabien Merz about Switzerland’s UNSC membership (2023-24) and his research on Swiss foreign policy (please find the full article here). What is UN Today and why is it important for our work to be represented in this publication?

UN Today Coverage

Note: This interview was initially published on Persuasive Discourse, on August 9, 2022. To read the long-form initial interview please access this link.

What is UN Today?

UN Today describes itself as being: "The official magazine of international civil servants of the United Nations at Geneva." It was first published in 1949, under the name of UN Special, and its first edition "was handwritten and the cover was signed by the members of the Editorial Committee at that time." While it initially covered topics focused on "UN staff issues," now it addresses "a broad range of topics related to the work of international organizations and governance, such as peace-keeping, poverty reduction, human rights, climate change mitigation, environmental protection, natural disaster management," the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), etc.

In 2020, the publication's name was changed to: UN Today. To read a brief overview of the publication's history, please see this link. To discover the professional backgrounds of its editorial team, please see this link. To see the type of topics this publication addresses, and to read the current or any of its previous editions, please access this link.

Why is it a good idea to have our work published in UN Today?

Our goal is to get the work accomplished by our interviewees known by as many people as possible. UN Today is the perfect publication to help us showcase our interview with Merz since a part of his work focuses on researching and analyzing Switzerland's 2023-24 membership to the UN Security Council, which is a topic of high interest not only for UN staff members but also overall, for the publication's broad readership. We find that the interview with Merz is the perfect fit for UN Today, and we are grateful to have our work represented by this historical and internationally renowned publication.

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Sannia Abdullah Close, PhD. Interview for Persuasive Discourse, by Sorina I. Crisan PhD. Photo from the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) webpage.

Sorina I. Crisan, PhD

Researcher, Analyst, Interviewer, & Writer in International Relations & Related Fields


Are you inspired by this interview and would like to learn more about Merz’s work?

You may follow Fabien Merz’s work on the CSS website.

To learn more about the topics covered in this interview, please consult the following publications.

Merz, Fabien (2022), No. 299: The State of the Islamic State, CSS Analyses in Security Policy, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zürich. Read here.

Merz, Fabien (2021), Improving National PVE Strategies: Lessons Learned from the Swiss Case, CSS Analyses in Security Policy, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zürich. Read here.

Merz, Fabien (2020), No. 262: The Swiss Candidacy for the UN Security Council, CSS Analyses in Security Policy, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, Zurich. Read here.

Merz, Fabien (2016), No. 199: Switzerland and Jihadist Foreign Fighters, CSS Analyses in Security Policy, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich. Read here.

Illustrations by: The main article photo is a screenshot of the article published in UN Today. Dr. Crisan’s profile photo is made available by Konstantin Kleine Photography.

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