In the context of stars 2011 in Stein am Rhein, Urs Schoettli Consultant on Asian affairs and Columist at Neue Zürcher Zeitung, gave a public lecture on the topic "Krisenregion Indischer Ozean - Ein gefährlicher Wettlauf um Ressourcen und Kontrolle von Seewegen" (Crisis Zone Indian Ocean - a Dangerous Race for Resources and Control of Sea Routes). Read his script here.
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In 1978, Urs Schoettli was appointed Secretary General of the Liberal International, a world-wide federation of liberal and democratic parties, of which Urs Schoettli acted as Executive Vice President from 1983 until 1993. Also in 1983, he joined the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and became its South Asia Correspondent in New Delhi.
Between 1986 and 1990, Urs Schoettli served as Representative of the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in India.
In 1990, he left the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and became Head of project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Spain.
Between 1993 and 1994, he served as Director of the political academy of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Portugal and as Honorary Director of the Commission for the Greater Europe in Vienna and Moscow.
Urs Schoettli returned to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung as its Correspondent in Hong Kong in 1996. Three years later, he moved from Hong Kong to Tokyo and worked as the East Asia Correspondent of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung until 2002. During the following five years, Urs Schoettli was the China Correspondent of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, based in Beijing. Since 2007, he has been the Far East Correspondent for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung based in Tokyo.
Urs Schoettli was Co-Editor of the reviews Indo Asia, LibroAperto and Debate Abierto. He has published widely on topics of liberalism, development policies and international security issues in Latin American, American and European journals. Urs Schöttli is also the author of numerous books on South Asia, citizenship and environmental issues.
Urs Schoettli studied philosophy at the University of Basel.