Urs Schöttli studied philosophy at the University of Basel. In 1978 he was appointed Secretary General of the Liberal International, a world-wide federation of liberal and democratic parties, headquartered in London. From 1983 to 1993 he was Executive Vice-President of the Liberal International. In 1983 he joined the Swiss daily “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” and became its South Asia correspondent. He worked in New Delhi, Hong Kong, Tokyo und Beijing. Since 2007 he is Far East correspondent in Tokyo. From 1986 to 1990 he served as representative of the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in India. In 1993 and 1994 he served as Director of the Political Academy of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Sintra (Portugal). Dr. Schöttli was co-editor of the reviews “Indo Asia” (Stuttgart, Germany), “Libro Aperto” (Rome, Italy) and “Debate Abierto” (Madrid, Spain). He has published widely on topics of liberalism, development policies and international security issues in Latin American, American and European newspapers. He has published numerous books on Asia, citizenship issues and the environment.