Over the next few days (November 11-13), the Liechtenstein Institute for Self-Determination of Princeton University will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary. We’ve come a long way, baby!
This unique institution is one of the few university organizations that can say that it was co-founded by a reigning monarch (…the Prince of Liechtenstein), and one of the even fewer university organizations that uses the phrase “geostrategic perspectives” in its mission statement.
According to the institute’s website, it concerns itself primarily with issues of self-determination, “especially pertaining to the state, self-governance, sovereignty, security, and boundaries with particular consideration of socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious issues involving state and non-state actors.”
This is particularly fitting for an institute founded by the rulers of a place so small that Snoop Dogg once tried to rent out the entire country for a video shoot.
Liechtenstein, referred to fondly by Wikipedia as Europe’s favorite doubly landlocked alpine microstate, is known for winter sports, tax scandals, and being the world’s largest producer of sausage casings, potassium storage units and false teeth.
The Liechtenstein Institute Colloquium’s scheduled events and highlights include panels on religion and diplomacy, self-determination and sovereignty, the state and the international system, and crisis diplomacy.
We will also be graced by the dreamy presence of the big man himself: His Serene Highness Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein (H.S.H.P.H.-A.I.I.o.L. for short).
No, he doesn’t have any eligible heirs apparent (believe me, I checked)
But if you’re interested in a little mercenary homewrecking, HSH is going to be giving a welcome speech in the University Chapel today at 4:30.
Dress to impress!