During a February 2013 visit to the United States, Fawzia Koofi, Member of Parliament in Afghanistan and the Vice President of the National Assembly, was hosted at Princeton University by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination. An outspoken supporter of access to education and women’s rights in Afghanistan, Koofi has announced her intention to run as a presidential candidate in the 2014 Afghanistan elections.

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Project on Gender in the Global Community sponsored a panel discussion, "Protecting the Rights of Children Affected by Armed Conflict: The Role of the UN and NGOs," on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. in 016 Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.

In two new LISD commentaries, "USA-Iran: Did Khamenei Say 'No' to Direct Talks?" and "To Be or Not to Be: Fact and Fiction in the Nuclear Fatwa Debate," Walter Posch and Ali Ansari address recent debates about Iran's nuclear program. 

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination co-sponsored a lecture and discussion, “The Arab Spring and Women’s Rights,” on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the United Nations in New York City. The featured speaker was The Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University, who discussed ways in which the extraordinary political events in the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region have opened new opportunities related to women’s human rights and women’s participation in political processes, but have also created new challenges and threats. 

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations and the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression, has published a handbook on the ratification and implementation of the Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

A new Financial Times editorial by LISD Director, Wolfgang Danspeckgruber and co-authored by Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, "Syria's Agony Can End After All Parties Talk," ( registration required) discusses the role of the US, Russia, Iran, and China, as well as regional powers, in ending the war in Syria. The editorial outlines three critical steps necessary for ending the war.

The Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations (PORDIR) has selected sixteen 2012-13 Fellows in Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations through a competitive application process. The fellows are: Usaama al-Azami, Saud Al-Thani, Hagar Barak, Stephanie Char, Maria-Magdalena Fuchs, Lelabari Giwa-Ojuri, Launa Greer, Eric Hagstrom, Katie Manbachi, Edgar Melgar, Nadirah Mansour, Sarah Ray, Adriana Rexon, David Weil, Allegra Wiprud, and Mengyi Xu.

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination supports a publication program that disseminates research conducted as part of Institute projects in a variety of formats. The published output from LISD includes policy briefs, issue reports, edited volumes, and book-length policy reports that are part of the Liechtenstein Colloquium Report series. The program also supports the e-publication of "LISD commentaries," op-ed style articles that provide analysis and insights to a broad range of current events and pressing policy issues. 

Headshot of Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim

The Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, described the increasing violence in war-torn Syria and the impact on Syria’s religious communities at a public lecture sponsored by LISD on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Director of LISD, provided comment. The event was co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School.

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Project on Gender in the Global Community is hosting a series of panel discussions at the United Nations in New York and lectures at Princeton University through the 2012-2013 academic year on the implementation of the UN's Women, Peace, and Security agenda (WPS).