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CANCELLED: "In the EU and on the World Stage: Slovakia's Story Since Gaining Independence," by Slovak Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Kmec

Tue, November 19, 2013 | CLA 1.106

2:15 PM


Due to unforseen official duties, Ambassador Kmec has had to cancel his trip to Austin.

"In the EU and on the World Stage: Slovakia's Story Since Gaining Independence"

Peter Kmec will discuss the achievements of Slovakia during the past 20 years of its independence, and her role in the European and World organizations. 

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 2:15 PM in CLA 1.106


Peter Kmec is the current Slovak ambassador to the United States. He earned a graduate degree in International Relations and Affairs at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1990, and a degree in International Law and Legal Studies at Comenius University in Bratislava the same year.

Immediately joining the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia, Kmec served from 1990 to 1991 in its Department of International Economic Relations in Prague (now part of the Czech Republic), and in 1992 served as an advisor to the chairman of the Chamber of Nations of the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly.

After Slovakia became independent on January 1, 1993, Kmec joined the newly formed Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, serving as Second Secretary with the Slovak Permanent Mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, Austria, from 1993 to 1997.

After serving as deputy director in the Department of Security Policy at the Slovakian Foreign Ministry in Bratislava from 1997 to 1998, Kmec served as political counselor on another OSCE mission, this one to Georgia, from 1998 to 1999. Returning to Bratislava, he served as deputy chief of the Foreign Minister’s cabinet from 1999 to 2000.

Kmec spent the first half of the new century's first decade as the number two man at two key embassies, serving as deputy chief of mission at Slovakia's embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, from 2000 to 2002, and holding the same title at Slovakia's embassy in Washington, DC, from 2003 to 2005. Although this was Kmec's first official posting to the U.S., in 1992 he attended a study program at the Library of Congress as part of the Frost Task Force on Parliamentary Development. Back in Bratislava, Kmec served as chief of the Foreign Minister’s cabinet from 2005 to 2007. Kmec was appointed to his first ambassadorship in 2007, serving as Slovakia's ambassador to Sweden from August 2007 to July 2012.

Made possible by the Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies and the Center for European Studies/European Union Center of Excellence.

This event is apart of UT's 5th Annual International Education Week (IEW) which is an opportunity to celebrate the enriching benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. First held in 2000, International Education Week is celebrated today in more than 100 countries worldwide.

The University of Texas at Austin invites you to celebrate the 5th Annual International Education Week (IEW) from November 18 – 22, 2013. This campus-wide event brings together the UT community of students, faculty and staff to participate in a variety of fun, informative and culturally-rich events which collectively help to promote and celebrate language acquisition, international exchanges, cross-cultural awareness, and global citizenship!

See their blog and Facebook for more information and a schedule of events!

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