Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber

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Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber
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Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber
Born (1956-02-04) February 4, 1956 (age 58)
Linz, Austria
Nationality Austria
Fields International Relations, Diplomacy
Institutions Princeton University; Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD)
Alma mater Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria;
Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber (born February 4, 1956) is the Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University and has been teaching on issues of state, international 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, an international private diplomacy forum.


Danspeckgruber was educated at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz and the University of Vienna, Austria, (D.Laws); and at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland (Ph.D) where he studied under the supervision of Curt Gasteyger, and worked closely with Dusan Sidjanski at the University of Geneva.

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 held research fellowships at the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and at Princeton's Center of International Studies.


During Austria's Membership in the United Nations Security Council (2008–10), Danspeckgruber served as adviser to its Permanent Mission. He works on security and state-building problems in Afghanistan, Iran, and Central Asia; on theory and practice of international diplomacy; the International Criminal Court; and on issues concerning religion and diplomacy. Since 2003, Danspeckgruber has advised the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations in New York and has worked with Ambassador Christian Wenaweser.[1]In 2006, during Austria’s Presidency of the European Union, he was the academic adviser to the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in New York.

Since 2001, he has repeatedly visited Afghanistan, China, India (Kashmir), Israel, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and has been involved in related private diplomacy. Until 2000, Danspeckgruber was involved in private diplomacy in Southeastern Europe and the Caucasus, and has also worked with the Ahtisaari Team and the EU Special Representative on the status of Kosovo. He conducted fact-finding missions to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Yugoslavia/Serbia. Most recently, Danspeckgruber has been studying Syria and searching for methods by which to establish peace and stability. He has emphasized the necessity for a negotiated solution in the Syrian civil war.[2]

Interests and Expertise[edit]

Danspeckgruber is interested in the analysis of international relations, in the conduct of diplomacy, mediation, reconciliation, and the management of international crises – particularly to avoid conflict and bloodshed, and possibly to reduce tensions. He works to educate and train the next generation of leaders in these areas.[3] He co-taught international crisis diplomacy with Joschka Fischer at the Woodrow Wilson School.[4]Analyzing contemporary variants of self-determination-crises, Danspeckgruber argues that “[t]here is a growing sense that self-determination and autonomy ought not necessarily and automatically cause the break up of sovereign states. Rather, at least in most cases, there is increasing interest in the introduction of self-governance - the maximization of autonomy - and decentralization.”[5]


Danspeckgruber’s publications include Crisis Diplomacy in Egypt in the Huffington Post, 2011; "Globalization - Reflections on Impact and Dichotomies" in Carl Baudenbacher, Erhard Busek, eds., "Aspekte der Globalisierung," 2008; "Self-Governance Plus Regional Integration: A Possible Solution to Self-Determination Claims" in Stefan Wolff and Marc Weller, eds. "Autonomy, Self-Governance, and Conflict Resolution," 2005; and "The EEA, the Neutrals, and an Emerging Architecture" in Gregory F. Treverton, ed. "The Shape of the New Europe," 1992.

He is the editor of the "LISD Summary Report" and the "LISD Policy Brief," the "LISD/WWS Study Series," and the "Encyclopedia Princetoniensis: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Self-Determination."



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