Wolfgang Danspeckgruber Appointed Advisor, Academic Programs Co-Chair to OSCE Austrian Chairmanship

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University (LISD) will serve as an advisor and co-chair of special academic programs to the Austrian Chairmanship in Office (CiO) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2017.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE, is an intergovernmental organization focusing on military security, conflict prevention, confidence and security building measures (CSBM); socio-economic and environmental issues; and human rights, democracy building, election supervision, cybersecurity, media freedom. Established after the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Helsinki, Finland, 1975 as a forum for East-West interaction based on consensus building with follow-up meetings and peace missions, the OSCE today is headquartered in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. It currently comprises 57 participating states – plus 11 cooperating countries – from Vancouver to Vladivostok, including the U.S.A. and Canada, all NATO and EU member states, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Russia and all former Soviet Union States, and also, as partners, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, thus making the OSCE the world’s largest security-focused international organization, covering more than 1.5 billion people.

Through the year-long Austrian CiO, following the chairmanship of Germany in 2016, and preceding the CiO of Italy in 2018, Danspeckgruber and LISD, with the support of the Principality of Liechtenstein, plan to convene several high-level meetings: including one to facilitate dialogue between key think tanks in OSCE states; another on economics and security; on the role of China in the OSCE realm; on the influence of religion, values and culture in contemporary security; and on current crises and the emerging definition of “security.”

In preparation for these activities, LISD convened already several Liechtenstein Colloquia since 2015 in Princeton, Washington, D.C., the Principality of Liechtenstein, Berlin, and Vienna, focused on analyzing and evaluating emerging security challenges. A summary report of the first meeting is available online.

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