The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination hosted a lunch seminar, "Successful Crisis Diplomacy?: Afghanistan, Iran, and Syria," on Thursday, March 8 at 12:00 p.m. in 012 Bendheim Hall. The seminar was led by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, LISD Director, and Hossein Mousavian, Associate Research Scholar with the Woodrow Wilson School's Program on Science and Global Security.
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is the Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University and has been teaching on issues of state, security, self-determination, diplomacy, and crisis diplomacy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Politics since 1988. He is also founder and chair of the Liechtenstein Colloquium on European and International Affairs, a private diplomacy forum in Liechtenstein. Danspeckgruber's books include Building State and Security in Afghanistan (edited with Robert P. Finn); 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; and Emerging Dimensions of European Security Policy.
Ambassador Hossein Mousavian is a former Iranian diplomat who served as ambassador to Germany (1990-1997), head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran's National Security Council (1997-2005), and as Iran's nuclear negotiator (2003-2005). He has taught at Islamic Azad University and was vice president of Iran's Center for Strategic Research. He recently authored an op-ed titled, "How the U.S.-Iran Standoff Looks from Iran" and has been cited in many recent articles on this topic.