Mission and Outreach

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University (LISD) supports teaching, research, and publication about issues related to and emerging from self-determination, especially pertaining to the state, self-governance, sovereignty, security, and diplomacy with particular consideration of socio-cultural, ethnic, religious and issues on diversity involving community, state, and non-state actors. The Institute was founded in 2000 through the generosity of H.S.H. Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein - Andrew Moravcsik, Faculty Director and Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Founding Director.

LISD seeks to enhance global peace and stability by bringing together academic experts, practitioners, decision makers, and representatives of the public and private sectors to explore key events and crises from strategic, political, legal, economic, and cultural-religious perspectives in order to find innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing issues. In addition to individual research undertaken by LISD staff and associates and conferences convened as part of specific projects, LISD regularly sponsors public lectures, seminars, and workshops that bring a diverse group of experts and policy makers from around the world to Princeton University to share their work with students and members of the wider University and local communities.

Princeton University graduate and undergraduate students are also involved with all aspects of LISD projects, from planning meetings and conferences to participating in diplomatic discussions and serving as rapporteurs. Student involvement in Institute projects as well as courses taught at Princeton University by LISD faculty are central to the Institute’s commitment to prepare the students of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.