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Dr Milan Jazbec

Ambassador of Slovenia to Macedonia and Professor, University of Ljubljana

Dr Milan Jazbec was appointed Ambassador of Slovenia to Macedonia in September 2016; he is also a Professor of diplomacy at the University of Ljubljana and teaches diplomacy at the Graduate School of Governmental and European Affairs 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 is the author, coauthor, editor, and coeditor of 36 books in 6 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. He is a member of the Slovene Association of International Relations and the Slovene Association of Political Sciences and also 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, and writes a monthly blog for DiploFoundation.

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