Ambassador of Slovenia to North Macedonia
Dr Milan Jazbec was appointed Ambassador of Slovenia to North Macedonia in September 2016; he is also a Professor of diplomacy at the University of Ljubljana and teaches diplomacy at the Faculty of Government and European Studies at the New University in Kranj. He was Slovene Ambassador to Turkey (2010-2015), accredited also to Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, served as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Slovene Embassy in Stockholm (1996-2000, diplomatic coverage of five Nordic and three Baltic states), and the last Yugoslav Consul in Klagenfurt (1991) as well as the first Slovene one (1992-1995). He was State Secretary at the Slovene Ministry of Defense (2000-2004) and Policy Planning and Research Director at the Slovene Foreign Ministry (2006-2010). He has published (author, co-author, editor, co-editor, reprints and translations) 48 books in 9 languages (one third of them on diplomacy) and more than 100 articles on diplomacy, security, and defense issues. He gained his PhD at the University of Klagenfurt (2000), finished Diplomatic School in Belgrade (1988), and graduated from journalism (1981) and defense studies (1983) at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. He has had a long and distinguished career covering diplomacy, business, journalism, and politics. He has lectured at various universities including Columbia, New York, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and Bilkent, METU, and Ankara Universities in Turkey. For the time being he is also a visiting professor at the South East European University in Tetovo, North Macedonia. He is a member of the Slovene Association of International Relations, the Slovene Association of Political Sciences and Slovene PEN as well as the editor of the international journal European Perspectives. He holds a high Austrian state decoration, The Grand Golden Decoration of Honour with Star for Merit of the Republic of Austria.