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Dr. Dimitrij Rupel
Dimitrij Rupel was born on April 7, 1946 in Ljubljana. In 1976, he obtained Ph.D. in sociology at Brandeis University (U.S.); in 1980's, he was "responsible editor" of the dissident Nova revija that published the controversial Contributions to the Slovenian National Program; in 1989, he established Slovenian Democratic Party. He served as Foreign Minister of Slovenia (1990-1993, 2000-2008), as Ambassador to the U.S. and as Mayor of Ljubljana. In 2005, he was CIO of OSCE. In 2008, during Slovenian presidency, he chaired the General Affairs and External Relations Council of the EU. Rupel has published several literary and academic books - on literature, politics and foreign relations. He taught in Slovenia, Canada and the U.S. Between 2017 and 2019, he served as Rector of The New University in Ljubljana. Since 2021, he has been Director of Slovenian Book Agency (JAK).