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Alpbach Lab 04: The Return of Geopolitics: An Introduction to Strategic Thinking

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Lab
english language

During the twenty-five years since the end of the Cold War, many of the issues faced by the actors on the global stage have changed, while at the same time much remains the same: actors have interests and stakes, they calculate the costs for obtaining these, and they have a certain time frame in which to do so. Yet what was once merely local can today easily become national, regional, and global in an ever-shorter time frame as individual empowerment – most notably through interactive social networking – permits instantaneous and global communication. What does this mean for the implementation of a coherent strategy and for successful leadership?

Speakers

Director, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey Abstract
The world  in this case that of politics  consists of actors, each with his or her own interests and various instruments which can be employed to achieve these objectives. The list of actors in today s world is daunting; there are states, a supra-state (the EU), great powers, middle powers, and small states, but also non-state actors and powerful individual actors with the means and influence to effect significant change globally. During the twenty- five years since the end of the Cold War, many of the issues faced by the actors in this global framework have changed, while at the same time much remains the same: actors have interests and stakes, they calculate the costs for obtaining these, and they have a certain time frame in which to do so. Geography and the need to maintain human security remain critical. Yet what was once merely local can today easily become national, regional, and global in an ever-shorter time frame as individual empowerment  most notably through interactive social networking  permits instantaneous and global communication. What does this mean for the implementation of a coherent strategy and for successful leadership? In this political lab, we will discuss and debate these interactions between traditional themes of geopolitics and the unique challenges of today.

Dr.iur. Ph.D. Wolfgang F. DANSPECKGRUBER

Director, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

1980 Dr. iur. Johannes Kepler University Linz
1998 Ph.D. in International Relations, The Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva
1979-1980 OLT d.Res., Special Assistant to the Commander, Austrian National Defense Academy, Vienna
1981-1982 Assistant to Professor Dusan Sidjanski, Department of Political Science, University of Geneva
1981-1984 Temporary Collaborator, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Corporation , Studio at the United Nations, Geneva
1982-1985 Senior Research Assistant to Professor Curt Gasteyger, The Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
1985 Visiting Scholar, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, MA
1985-1987 Research Fellow, Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1986-1987 Nonresident Tutor at Eliot House, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
1987-1989 Visiting Fellow, Center of International Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1989 Founding Chair, Liechtenstein Colloquium, LCM - A private diplomacy forum
1988-1991 Lecturer in Politics, Department of Politics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1989-1992 Member, "Working Group Europe 1992," The Council on Foreign Relations, New York
1991-1998 Member, Team Europe of the Commission of the European Union, Washington, D.C.
since 1992 Instructor in Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1995-2000 Founder, Liechtenstein Research Program on Self-Determination at Princeton University, LRPSD
since 2000 Founding Director, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, LISD, Princeton, NJ