Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

Lecturer of Public and International Affairs; Founding Director, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD)

3-N-21 Green Hall
Angella Matheney


  • International Relations
  • Foreign/Defense Policy
  • Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
  • Ethnic Conflict
  • Religion and Diplomacy
  • South Eastern Europe
  • Caucasus
  • Iran; Syria and the Region
  • Afghanistan and the Region


Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is the founding director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, LISD, and has been teaching on issues of state, 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, LCM, a private diplomacy forum. From 2008 to 2010 during Austria's membership in the United Nations Security Council he served as adviser to the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations. He also works with other European Governments on matters concerning diplomacy and international security.  Danspeckgruber researches, writes and teaches on diplomacy, security, and state building issues in the Caucasus, Central Asia, West South Asia, and the wider Middle East; on theory and practice of international diplomacy, private, and crisis diplomacy; the International Criminal Court; and issues concerning religion and diplomacy. Since 2001 he has undertaken research missions in Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Georgia, India (Kashmir), Iran, Israel, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and has been involved in related private diplomacy. Danspeckgruber was educated at the Universities of Linz and Vienna, Austria, (LL.M.; D.Laws) and at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland (Ph.D.). Danspeckgruber was a visiting scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and held fellowships at the Center of Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and at Princeton's Center of International Studies. His recent books include “Robert Gilpin & International Relations – Reflections.”