Founding Director
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Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is the Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) 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 self-determination, borders, security, and stabilization; on critical global food and water issues; on the interactions between religion, values, and foreign relations and generational perspectives; on emerging dual use technologies and critical infrastructure (supply lines). Regions of interest comprise the Arctic, the wider Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, and South West 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 was academic advisor to the Austrian Chairpersonship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

He 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.

Danspeckgruber’s books include Robert Gilpin and International Relations: ReflectionsWorking Toward Peace and Prosperity in AfghanistanThe 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 InterdependenceEmerging Dimensions of European Security Policy. He is the editor of the new LISD Triesenberg Paper Series, the Crisis Compendia, and the Encyclopedia Princetoniensis.

Danspeckgruber was awarded the Great Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria.