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.
Danspeckgruber is an Advisor to the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, and also works with members of the Secretariat of the United Nations Security Council. In 2016-2018, Danspeckgruber advised the Austrian Chairpersonship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). From 2008 to 2010, he served as advisor to the Austrian delegation to the United Nations during Austria's Membership in the United Nations Security Council.
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.
Danspeckgruber’s 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.