The Liechtenstein Institute's Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations (PORDIR) is now accepting applications for 2012-2013 student fellows. Applications are to be submitted to Angella Matheney by Sunday, October 14 (NOTE: Deadline extended).

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination co-sponsored a policy address by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, "European Union: An Indispensable Partner," Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. The lecture was co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School, European Union Program, and the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society. The event was free and open to the public.

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will hold a lunchtime seminar series on crisis diplomacy through the 2012-2013 academic year. Sessions will be held Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. in 012 Bendheim Hall. To subscribe to the seminar mailing list, contact Angella Matheney.

A new report from the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, "Crisis Diplomacy from the Mediterranean to the Hindu Kush," addresses the ongoing crisis in Syria, the Iranian nuclear question, and the ongoing war in Afghanistan, stressing the impact of developments in these three countries for the region.

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination has been awarded a two-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York's International Peace and Security Program for the fifth consecutive time. The award will fund research on the future of Afghanistan and the region. "The Liechtenstein Institute at Princeton University is extremely grateful to the Carnegie Corporation for its ongoing support of our initiative focused on facilitating peace, stability, and economic development in Afghanistan and the region," LISD Director Wolfgang Danspeckgruber said of the award.

A report including findings and recommendations from LISD's January 2011 co-sponsored workshop, "Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Afghanistan," was issued as UN document A/66/698 – S/2012/89. The January meeting brought together Afghan women leaders, both from government and civil society, representatives of states that currently comprise the Security Council, senior UN officials, NGO representatives and academics.

President Mikheil Saakashvili at podium speaking during conference

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili presented his nation's transformation as a test case for democracy in the post-Soviet era during an address Thursday, May 17, at Princeton University. "We want to create a modern society," Saakashvili said to a full audience in Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. "We want to be successful. We want to learn from the others and to be a model for the region and the rest of the world. That's what's going on in Georgia."

Book cover Robert Gilpin and International Relations: Reflections

The immense contributions of Robert Gilpin both to the study of international relations and in furthering the scholarship of others are assessed in Robert Gilpin and International Relations: Reflections, a collection of essays by eminent political scientists. Gilpin's "soft realist," interdisciplinary approach has influenced generations of students and scholars in their study of international political economy, US foreign policy, IR theory, the balance of power, the relationship between science and politics, and myriad other topics.