LISD is pleased to host two virtual lectures by Amb. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Seidt:
- Religious Faultlines in Eastern Europe and their Political Relevance for Current Events in Ukraine
March 24th, 2022, noon EDT.
What is the continuing political and religious relevance and importance of the schism between Rome and Constantinople, and how do the rivalries between Roman Catholic and Orthodox communities affect Eastern Europe? How do current political divisions within the Orthodox Church affect its members and Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine? And what is the relevance of Ukraine for Jewish identity?
- Faith and Realpolitik: Religious Affiliations and Geopolitical Alliances in the Near and Middle East
March 31st, 2022, noon EDT
Focusing on the four regional powers in the Near and Middle East – Israel, Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia – we will analyze the importance of religion on foreign policy, diplomacy, and alliance systems.
These lectures are open to current Princeton students, faculty and staff.
Ambassador Seidt has served most recently as Inspector General of the German Foreign Office. Seidt was Director General for Culture and Communication of the German Foreign Office from 2012 to 2014 and Germany’s ambassador to Korea from 2009 to 2012. He served as Germany’s ambassador to Afghanistan from 2006 to 2008. His diplomatic postings have included Moscow, Nairobi, Brussels NATO, and Washington, DC. During the Balkan wars, Seidt served from 1994 to 1997 as deputy director of the Special Task Force Bosnia of the German government. Seidt studied law, history, and international relations at the universities of Tübingen, Geneva, Bonn, and at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris. He passed both legal state examinations and received a Ph.D. in contemporary history and international relations from Bonn University. He taught international relations at the Otto-Suhr-Institute at the Free University Berlin. Seidt is a member of the board and vice-chairman of the Dresden Cultural Foundation, a member of the board of the Swiss Afghanistan Institute/Bibliotheca Afghanica, and has received honorary doctorates from Valparaiso University (USA) and Chonnam National University (Gwangju, Korea).