Danspeckgruber Commentary Discusses Three Principles for Today’s Global State

In the latest LISD commentary, "A Triad of Principles for Today's Global State: An Attempt at Reasoning," LISD Director Wolfgang Danspeckgruber discusses the emergence of a new international order, framed by a “global actors system” including states and non-state actors, individual actors, and corporations, rather than strictly by an “international system” with mainly states and nations as the key actors. The commentary identifies and analyzes three principles with which this international order should be understood and approached: 1) The old order does not seem to work any longer, but a new order is not yet established; 2) We live in a world where nothing is impossible; 3) We have to think the unthinkable—from outlandish political behavior to potential catastrophic terrorism.

About the Author:

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is the Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University and 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. He is also founder and chair of the Liechtenstein Colloquium on European and International Affairs, LCM, a private international diplomacy forum. 

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