University of Pittsburgh
February 9, 2004

Macedonian Ambassador Brings Youthful Perspective to Foreign Affairs during Feb. 18 Lecture at Pitt

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PITTSBURGH—His Excellency Nikola Dimitrov, ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States, brings a youthful perspective to diplomatic relations. At the age of 31, Dimitrov has distinguished himself as an expert in foreign affairs, international law, human rights, and national minorities.

Dimitrov will deliver a lecture at 3 p.m. Feb. 18 in 2K56 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Schenley Drive, Oakland. The lecture, sponsored by Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for International Studies' Center for Russian and East European Studies, is free and open to the public. The ambassador will discuss Macedonia's position on foreign affairs in the Balkans.

The Republic of Macedonia in Southeast Europe established diplomatic relations with the United States in 1995. Dimitrov, who holds the Master of Law degree from King's College at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and a first degree in law from St. Cyril and Methodius University (Skopje, Macedonia), became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Macedonia in 2001.

Prior to his appointment as ambassador, Dimitrov served as the national security adviser to the president of Macedonia, the deputy minister of foreign affairs of Macedonia, and the human rights officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Macedonia. He has published numerous articles and essays on international law and human and minority rights.