The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will hold a Crisis Diplomacy lunch seminar, "Great Power Interests and Self-Determination: The Korean Dilemma," on Thursday, February 14, 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 has just returned from visits to Seoul and Tokyo. He will discuss developments in Korea together with LISD Director Wolfgang Danspeckgruber. 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, 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). He is the author of Berlin, Kabul, Moskau: Oskar Ritter von Niedermayer und Deutschland’s Geopolitik.
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is the Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, LISD. He is also the founder and chair of the Liechtenstein Colloquium on European and International Affairs, LCM, a private international diplomacy forum. Danspeckgruber researches, teaches and writes on the theory and practice of international diplomacy, private diplomacy, and crisis diplomacy; on the interactions between religion, values, and diplomacy; and on self-determination, security, and stabilization. Regions of interest and involvement, also in private diplomacy, comprise Europe, the wider Middle East, and Central Asia.Through 2017, Danspeckgruber advised the Austrian Chairpersonship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). From 2008 to 2010, during Austria's Membership in the United Nations Security Council, he served as advisor to Austria’s delegation to the United Nations. He also has advised the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United Nations.
Danspeckgruber was educated at the Universities of Linz and Vienna, Austria, (ML; DLaws) and at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland (PhD). Following his Austrian military service (First Lieutenant, Reserve), he served as special assistant to the Commander of the Austrian National Defense Academy. Danspeckgruber was a visiting scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and has held fellowships at the Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and at Princeton's Center of International Studies. His books include Robert Gilpin and International Relations: Reflections; Working Toward Peace and Prosperity in Afghanistan; The Princeton Process on the Crime of Aggression, 2003-2009 (edited with Stefan Barriga and Christian Wenaweser); Self-Determination of Peoples: Communities, Nations, and States in Global Interdependence; Emerging Dimensions of European Security Policy. He is the editor of the Encyclopedia Princetoniensis and the LISD Chair’s Summaries.