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The Situation in Southeast Europe: A View from Slovenia
Samuel Zbogar
Ambassador of Slovenia to the United States

Samuel Zbogar, who became ambassador of Slovenia to the United States on September 15, 2004, will discuss the current political, social and economic atmosphere in Southeastern Europe.

Ambassador Zbogar previously served as head of task force for Slovenia's Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) presidency in 2005, as well as deputy to the U.N. Security Council (1998-99), minister plenipotentiary and deputy permanent representative of the Slovenian Mission to the United Nations (1997-2001). He has held various positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including counselor, state undersecretary, director of the Department for Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific, counselor to the minister and secretary in the Office of the Secretary-General, and third secretary in the Department for Neighboring Countries.

In addition, Zbogar was the charg? daffaires and first secretary at the Slovenian Embassy in China, secretary at the Slovenian Representative Office to the Monitoring Mission of the European Community in Zagreb, adviser to the Department for Neighboring Countries in the Republican Committee for International Cooperation in Ljubljana, and secretary to the Slovenian Delegation at the International Conference on Former Yugoslavia.

Zbogar holds a bachelors degree in political sciences and international relations, and speaks English, Italian, Croatian, Serbian and French.
July 10, 2006