Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber

Director
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is the Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University and has been teaching on issues of state, security, self-determination, and diplomacy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Politics since 1988. He is also founder and chair of the Liechtenstein Colloquium on European and International Affairs, LCM, a private international diplomacy forum.

Danspeckgruber researches, writes and teaches on the theory and practice of international diplomacy, private diplomacy, and crisis diplomacy; on leadership; on the European Union; on security and state building issues in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the wider Middle East; and on issues concerning religion and diplomacy. Since 2001 he has frequently visited Afghanistan, China, Russia and several other states in Central Asia and the Caucasus; Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and states in the Middle East; and has been involved in related private diplomacy. During the 1990s, Danspeckgruber participated in private diplomacy in Southeastern Europe and the Caucasus, and has also worked with the Ahtisaari Team and the EU Special Representative on the status of Kosovo. His fact-finding missions lead into Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Yugoslavia/Serbia and Turkey. From 2008 to 2010 during Austria's Membership in the United Nations Security Council he served as advisor to the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations. He also has advised the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United Nations. 

Danspeckgruber was educated at the Universities of Linz and Vienna, Austria, (ML; DLaws) and at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland (PhD). Following his Austrian military service (Lieutenant, Reserve) he served as special assistant to the Commander of the Austrian National Defense Academy. Danspeckgruber was a visiting scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and held fellowships at the Center of Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and at Princeton's Center of International Studies.

Danspeckgruber’s books include Robert Gilpin and International Relations: Reflections; Working Toward Peace and Prosperity in Afghanistan; The Princeton Process on the Crime of Aggression, 2003-2009 (edited with Stefan Barriga and Christian Wenaweser); Self-Determination of Peoples: Communities, Nations, and States in Global Interdependence; Emerging Dimensions of European Security Policy. He is the editor of the Encyclopedia Princetoniensis and the LISD Policy Reports.