Milan Jazbec
Ambassador and Professor of Diplomacy

Prof. Dr Milan Jazbec is an ambassador in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, and a professor of diplomacy at the University of Ljubljana and the New University in Kranj in Slovenia. He was the Slovene ambassador to North Macedonia, as well as a visiting professor at the South East European University and at the International Balkan University in North Macedonia.

Jazbec is a poet and a writer, and has published 60 books and over 130 articles in 14 languages. He has a long and distinguished career covering diplomacy, business, journalism, and politics.

He obtained a PhD in the sociology of diplomacy from the University of Klagenfurt (Austria) and has lectured at various universities, including Columbia (New York) and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (Austria). He was also a visiting professor at the Bilkent University, the Middle East Technical University, and the University of Ankara in Turkey.

Jazbec was ambassador of Slovenia to Turkey, and an accredited non-residential ambassador to Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. He served as minister plenipotentiary at the Embassy of Slovenia in Stockholm (Sweden), covering five Nordic and three Baltic states. He was the last Yugoslav consul in Klagenfurt, and the first ever Slovenian consul. Jazbec was state secretary at the Ministry of Defence of Slovenia, and the director of Policy Planning and Research at the Foreign Ministry of Slovenia.

He is a member of the Slovenian Association of International Relations, the Slovenian Association of Political Sciences, the Slovenian PEN Centre, as well as the editor of the international journal European Perspectives. He holds the distinguished Grand Golden Decoration of Honour with Star for Merit of the Republic of Austria.


What Diplomats Do: The Life and Work of Diplomats (Book review)

03 July 2020

Referring to Prof. Geoff Berridge, we learn that ‘diplomacy is the most important institution of our society of states’. Further on, according to Sir Ivor Roberts, diplomacy is both ‘that funny old trade’ as ...

Negotiation Training

29 August 2016

We negotiate throughout our lives. We first learn to negotiate by simply imitating adults and then continue by somehow automatically developing our own patterns and approaches. The measure of our accomplishment is in...

What is Sociology of Diplomacy?

22 August 2016

As a continuation of our June blog post, let me put forward the following logical question: If sociology of diplomacy really is missing in the observation of this ancient phenomenon, what is it and how can we define i...

Diplomacy as a social process – a prelude to sociology of diplomacy

17 May 2016

After years of practising diplomacy, I realised that there are only a few broader reflections on diplomacy that would per se include an interdisciplinary approach and keep simultaneously a clear focus on diplomacy. G...



OK Corral 140 Years Later: Between Frontier Violence and the Emerging Rule of Law

It was a hundred and forty years ago today that Wyatt Earp took his group to fight the outlaws of the Clanton gang. It was a bright, windy and chilly day of October 26, 1881 that – without its actors being exactly aware of – paved the way for the rule of law to b... Read more...


Persuasion in sociology of diplomacy

Dr Milan Jazbec, a practitioner and researcher in diplomacy, positions a discussion on persuasion in the sociology of diplomacy. Social context determines both diplomacy and persuasion. Dr Jazbec makes a distinction between pressure and persuasion. In a rather counter-... Read more...

design, glossary of diplomacy


Sociology of Diplomacy: Initial Reading

The monograph Sociology of Diplomacy: Initial Reading, edited by the Slovenian diplomat and academic Dr Milan Jazbec, combines the theory of the sociology of diplomacy with concrete case studies.... Read more...

Sociology of Diplomacy: Initial Reading