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Princeton gets grant to study self-government crises

Princeton's Liechtenstein Research Program on Self-Determination has received a $308,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to develop strategies to prevent and manage crises of self-government -- strategies which may help avoid the bloodshed that has marked such places as Kosovo and Kashmir.

Program director Wolfgang Danspeckgruber is heading the project, which will analyze strategies to prevent conflicts of self-determination from turning violent as well as responses and management techniques if violence does occur. The two-year, interdisciplinary project will focus on Africa, the Balkans and the Far East, and on international mandates, Danspeckgruber said.

In addition to Danspeckgruber, the investigators are Michael Doyle, director of the Center of International Studies and professor of politics and international affairs; Jeffrey Herbst, chairman of the politics department and professor of politics and public affairs; and Gilbert Rozman, professor of sociology.

The four researchers intend to produce a book at the end of their study. Results also will be discussed at meetings with regional experts and representatives both in the United States and abroad.

"We intend to undertake in-depth theoretical analysis of the causes of self-determination as well as the development of potential mechanisms for their resolution," Danspeckgruber said.

The Liechtenstein Research Program on Self-Determination supports and advances work in the field of self-determination and self-administration. It was established in 1994 with the support of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601

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