The Foreign Ministry of Montenegro
Prof.Dr. Srdjan Darmanović
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Born on July 18, 1961 in Cetinje.
Professor of Comparative Politics, Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro.
Ambassador of Montenegro to the USA (non-resident Ambassador to Canada) from December 2010 to October 2016.
Founding father and the first dean of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro (2003-2010).
Member of the Council of Europe's Venice Commission (European Commission for Democracy through Law) from 2005 to present.
Founder and President of the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), think tank based in Podgorica, Montenegro (1998-2010).
President of the Montenegrin Diplomatic Academy (2006-2010).
During 1990s, active in Montenegrin and federal (FR Yugoslavia) politics. Vice-president of the Social-democratic Party of Montenegro (1993-1996) and Member of of the Federal parliament of FR Yugoslavia (1992-1996).
Author of two books: Malformed Democracy: The Drama of Yugoslav Post-communism (Belgrade, Serbia 1993) Real-socialism: Anatomy of Colaps (Podgorica, Montenegro 1996).
Co-author in the books: Authoritarianism and Democracy: Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia Institutional Framework (Belgrade, Serbia 2003); Between Authoritarianism and Democracy: Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia Civil Society and Political Culture (Belgrade, Serbia 2004); Referendum in Montenegro 2006 (Podgorica, Montenegro 2007); Electoral Legislation and Elections in Montenegro 1990-2006 (Podgorica, Montenegro 2007); Europe and the Americas: Trans-Atlantic Approach to Human Rights (Copenhagen, 2015); Electoral and Party System in Montenegro - Perspectives of Inter-party Democracy (Podgorica, Montenegro, 2016).
Author in international magazines for political science and international affairs, including: Journal of Democracy (Washington DC, USA), East European Constitutional Review, (Budapest-New York) and Sudost Europa (Munich, Germany). Columnist in former Belgrade daily Naa Borba (1990-1997) and in Montenegrin weekly Monitor (1994-2003).
Guest lecturer in several universities or institutes, including: The Georgetown University, John Hopkins University/SAIS and The US Foreign Service Institute; (Washington DC, USA); Colby University (Maine,USA) University of Hamburg (Germany); La Sapienzza University, Rome (Italy); University of Belgrade (Serbia), etc.
Former member of international study group of the Aspen Institute that published report/book "Future of the Balkans" (working sessions: Berlin-Sarajevo-Istanbul 1997-98).
Testified twice (1998 and 2000) as an expert before Helsinki Commission of the US Congress.
Fluent in English. Reading knowledge of Russian.
Hobby: chess master. Awarded with the title US National Master for life by the US Chess Federation
Married to Aneta Spaić, they have a son Simon.