Sept. 13, 2018

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will host a special seminar, divided in three interrelated modules. The seminar will discuss emerging security challenges from strategic developments, inter-state and intra-state perspectives, self-determination, climate and environmental issues, to migration and leadership challenges in the region spanning from Vancouver to Vladivostok. It will offer an overview about some of the key institutions in security and foreign relations in the Northern Hemisphere: the EU, the OSCE, and ASEAN.  The seminar will explain the institutional set up, look at the origins and institutionalization, examine security challenges through the prism of the organizations; offer specific insights on negotiations and interactions and pursue a comparative perspective with an emphasis of involving diplomatic and political practitioners from within and outside the organization. Seminar schedules and all relevant materials will be circulated to confirmed participants. While the seminars are for faculty and students only, the public roundtables will be open to the public. 


To RSVP or for further information please contact Rana Ibrahem ( and Johnathan ( The seminar is now accepting applications student fellows to participate in the seminar. Fellows will be selected through a competitive application process. 


The seminar is divided into three modules and is co-sponsored by the EU Program and the Woodrow Wilson School:

(i.) The OSCE, The EU, ASEAN - The Institutions and Relevant Dimensions; Wednesday to Saturday, September 26-29, 2018, Public Roundtable, Thursday, September 27.

(ii.) Challenges and Crises in the OSCE Realm: from Vancouver to Vladivostok; Thursday to Saturday, October 18-20, 2018, Public Roundtable, Thursday, October 18.

(iii.) The Emerging Quadripartite Relationship: USA - EU/Europe – Russia - China; Thursday to Saturday, November 15-17, 2018, Public Roundtable, Thursday, November 15.


Note: Participating students are required to attend from Noon Friday to Saturday, complete brief assignments/commentary (ca 2,000 words) after each seminar and compose a ca 6,000-word final paper by end of Fall Semester. Selected papers will be presented at an international meeting abroad at Spring 2019.


List of Invited Participants

Prince Hans Adam II., The Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, Vaduz

Jose Manuel Dorao Barroso, former President, Commission of the European Union

Amb. Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, Vienna

Amb. Thomas Mayr-Harting, Director General, EEAS, European Commission, Brussels

Commissioner Johannes Hahn, Regional Commissioner, European Union, Brussels

Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger, Chair, Munich Security Conference, Munich

Dr. Walter Kemp, Director of Research, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Wien

Amb. Stefan von Liechtenstein, Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the Holy See, Frmr. Ambassador to Germany, Vienna

Amb. Michael Reiterer, Ambassador of the European Union to South Korea, Seoul

Amb. Martin Sajdik, OSCE High Representative for Ukraine, Kiev

Dr. Markus Schiller, Expert in Rocket Engineering, Munich

Amb. Hans Ulrich Seidt, Ph.D., Former Inspector General, frmr. Ambassador to Afghanistan, South Korea, Head of Cultural Division, German Foreign Office, Berlin

Amb. Hans-Dietmar Schweisgut, frmr. EU Ambassador to China, Japan.

Amb. Christian Strohal, frmr. High Representative of the OSCE for the Austrian Chairmanship, Vienna, Seminar Co-chair

Dr. Dmitri Trenin, Director, Carnegie Corporation, Moscow, Russia