Neutrality can be declared on a conflict to conflict basis. What are its pros and cons? And what does it mean for a country to be neutral?
Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land. The Hague, 18 October 1907.
“One of the purposes for which the First Hague Peace Conference of 1899 was convened was “the revision of the declaration concerning the laws and customs of war elaborated in 1874 by the Conference of Brussels, and not yet ratified” (Russian circular note of 30 December 1898).”
“Switzerland and neutrality are synonymous but that does not mean the Swiss have no military might. ”
Invasion of Belgium
“After the warlike statements made after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th June, 1914, the Belgian Army (43,000 men) were placed on its borders.”
The (Not So) Neutrals of World War II
“When the world was simpler, divided during a bitter peace between the forces of good on this side of the Iron Curtain and the ”Evil Empire” beyond it, the concept of ”neutrality” in Europe seemed as clearly delineated and reassuring as the Swiss flag itself. ”
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