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Devil’s diplomacy

Partner / Global power
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What are the relationships of global players going to be like global actors’ relations in transformational times? Prof. Danspeckgruber evaluates the apparentlyseemingly traditional diplomacy between states and international or supranational organisations and the ways in which it is changing. The session will explore alliances between states, power brokers, and leaders as well as between stable and powerful actors and/or weak or fragile ones. Lastly, the session will identify and outline the role of non- state actors and all those who have powers and interests to instigate systemic change.


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

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

Political Symposium

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14:00 - 18:00Professional Programme "Our World's Future"Partner
15:00 - 18:00Generational perspectives on security policyPartner
15:00 - 18:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner


09:00 - 12:00Devil's diplomacyPartner
09:00 - 12:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
10:00 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and powerPartner
10:00 - 12:00The 2016 US election behind the scenesPlenary
14:00 - 16:30Opening: values and visions of a united EuropePlenary
17:00 - 18:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international systemPlenary
19:00 - 20:30The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary


08:30 - 09:30Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO morning briefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challengesBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Talia SassonPartner
12:30 - 14:00Lunch receptionBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social MediaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe's next narrativeBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way outBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practiceBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territoryBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations?Breakout
17:30 - 19:00Security and liberty in the digital futurePlenary
19:30 - 21:00Green Innovation: urgent & important at oncePlenary


09:00 - 12:30Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviourPlenary