The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will hold a Crisis Diplomacy lunch seminar, "Europe in 2019: Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor," on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. in 019 Bendheim Hall, with Ambassador Hans-Ulrich Seidt, currently in residence at LISD as a distinguished visitor, who served most recently as Inspector General of the German Foreign Office. Amb. Seidt will discuss Angela Merkel's long tenure as German Chancellor and changing leadership in Germany, in the context of develpments in Europe including Emmanuel Macron and protests in France, the recent meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, and prospects for the EU's foreign policy. The lunch is open to Princeton University faculty and students only. To attend, RSVP to Angella Sandford.
Ambassador Hans-Ulrich 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 PhD 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).