Since the conclusion of the Austrian State Treaty in 1955, neutrality remains a guiding principle of Austrian foreign policy in that Austria does not belong to any military alliance, does not host foreign troops on its territory and that does not participate in armed conflicts.
Austria's 2001 Security and Defence Doctrine recognises, however, that Austria's neutrality has been fundamentally altered through Austria's full participation in the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy, so that Austria can no longer be considered a permanently neutral state in the sense of international law.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Austria is engaged in armed conflict in Afghanistan, as part of a UN-authorised, NATO-led mission, the International Security Assistance Force - ISAF (see Afghanistan profile, Current conflicts section). As of May 2012 it contributed 3 troops to ISAF.
Last updated: May 2012