Decision-Making in a Time of Multiple Crises

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Event Time: 
12:00 p.m.
Location: 
012 Bendheim Hall

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will hold a Crisis Diplomacy lunch seminar on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. in 012 Bendheim Hall. LISD Director Wolfgang Danspeckgruber and Col. Sam Gardiner, United States Air Force (Ret.) will discuss "Decision-Making in a Time of Multiple Crises." Lunch will be served. To attend, RSVP to Angella Matheney.

Addressing the issue of definition, recognition, characterization, evaluation and possible management of multiple international crises,  Prof. Danspeckgruber and Col. Gardiner will present a framework for dealing with the multitude of conflicting challenges in today’s world: the wider Middle East and the Black Sea Region, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia – the list is daunting. When faced with multiple, potentially interacting, simultaneous international crises, how can – or should – national officials, diplomats, military or business leaders approach and frame their thinking and decision-making?

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, diplomacy, and crisis 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, an international private diplomacy forum.

Col. Sam Gardiner, US Air Force (Ret.), works on strategic issues. He has taught strategy at the National War College, Air War College, Army War College and Naval War College. In addition, he was a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defense College. He has been involved with and facilitated State Department strategy reviews on Burma, Kosovo, Haiti, Bangladesh, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Sudan and Afghanistan. He designs and conducts war games. He has conducted games for the Air Force, Navy, Army, CIA, and Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department. He has conducted numerous war games on the military options for Iran and written extensively about the issue.