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LISD supports events, classes, research, and publications about matters relating to self-determination in a globalizing world. We define self-determination broadly to include topics pertaining to the role of self-governance, sovereignty, security, diversity and diplomacy involving national, international and nonstate actors.
PORDIR explores the influence of religion, religious beliefs, and spirituality on the theory and practice of diplomacy and relations within the global actors' system. It invites and encourages the selected fellows to research and understand issues related to foreign relations, socio-economic, and political dimensions in view of values and perspectives based on religious or spiritual ideas and ideals. There is a specific focus on inter-gender and inter-generational relations, intercultural aspects, socio-economic dimensions, conflict management, and means and strategies to anticipate and/or reduce crises and tensions. The project supports a year-long student fellowship of about 15 graduate and undergraduate students who meet weekly and conduct independent, intellectually rigorous research and writing. The end of the academic year typically finds colloquium participants abroad - conditions permitting - presenting their papers to an international audience. The fellowship is open to Princeton graduate and undergraduate students.
The Seminar on Global Diplomatic and Security Challenges (GDSC) is a year-long interactive seminar, led by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Founding Director of LISD, where students discuss select issues critical on contemporary diplomacy and security with eminent experts and representatives in an interdisciplinary and interactive virtual venue. The seminar analyzes critical global challenges, such as the Covid-19 Pandemic, inequality, the environmental challenges; as well as the role of media, and new technologies.
The project on Gender in the Global Community examines the functioning of gendered structures and norms in the international system, focusing especially on security, human rights, economic activity, and institution building. The project's fellowship works to bring a gendered lens of analysis to key issues and challenges in the international system, with a particular focus on women’s empowerment as leaders, as economic actors, and as equal citizens in the global community. The project is currently engaged with four key sub-projects: Conflict Related Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence, Global Women’s Work, Women, Peace and Security, and Children and Armed Conflict.
Through most LISD projects, alumni often remain involved in the multitude of events and international conferences hosted by the institute's staff and researchers. Through this, graduate and undergraduate students are able to engage directly with Princeton alumni in a uniquely engaging and dynamic spirit and through the existing fabric of LISD alumni.
Austin Colorite completed the undergraduate program at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs in 2021. His research interests include irregular migration, unaccompanied foreign minors, migration crises, and immigrant rights. His undergraduate thesis, Faith, Foreigners and Fundamentalism, sought to understand the…
Karen Gallagher-Teske is a graduate of the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Master’s Program in quantitative economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and the Université Pantheon-Sorbonne in France. Previously, she worked as part of the Financial Stability Board’s Secretariat in Switzerland on coordination of global…
Max Horder is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Princeton University. His overall research interests focus on Brexit, populism, polarisation, and the broader disintegration of trust in liberal-democratic institutions across Europe. He is also interested in both the legacy of the British Empire and how Brexit is reshaping…
Rikio Inouye is a Ph.D. student in the international relations subfield with a particular interest in security tensions and management in the Asia-Pacific regions. His current research includes great power rivalry and vaccine diplomacy, as well as the impact of institutional legitimacy in the global order and hegemonic contestation.