LISD Welcomes Distinguished Visitor Amb. Hans-Ulrich Seidt

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University warmly welcomes Ambassador Hans-Ulrich Seidt as a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner at the Institute during the 2018 Spring Semester. While in residence at LISD, Amb. Seidt will hold several talks for students and faculty, as well as deliver a public lecture on Tuesday, February 27.

Amb. Seidt joins LISD after an acclaimed career in the German Foreign Service, 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 Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Korea from 2009 to 2012. He also 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 as deputy director of the Special Task Force Bosnia of the German government from 1994 to 1997.

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). Seidt has also authored several books, including Berlin, Kabul, Moskau. Oskar Ritter von Niedermayer und Deutschlands Geopolitik (2002).

While at LISD, Amb. Seidt will be holding several talks on a diverse range of subjects, from his experiences in Afghanistan, to the utility of modern mapping technologies, and the future of German foreign policy. Programming will open on February 12, when Amb. Seidt joins Professor of Diplomacy at the Australian National University, William Maley, in a discussion on Afghanistan and the Region. Students and faculty are warmly welcomed to attend all events.