The Hague Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Ambassador Nikola Dimitrov as its Distinguished Fellow. Ambassador Dimitrov will take office at the Institute upon the completion of his duties as Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in March 2014.
Starting his diplomatic career in 1996 as a human rights officer in the Macedonian Foreign Ministry, Dimitrov has extensive experience of public service in foreign and security policy, international dispute settlement, and conflict resolution.
Dimitrov studied law at the St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, where he was awarded with the 26th of July Award established by the Frank Manning Foundation, and received his L.LM degree in International Law from the University of Cambridge, UK. Dimitrov is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Defense and Peace Studies at the St. Cyril and Methodius University and completed the Public Leaders in Southeast Europe Executive Education Program of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Career highlights include:
- Ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague, 2009-2014
- Co-Agent before the International Court of Justice, 2008-2011
- Special Envoy of the Government for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Brussels, 2007-2008
- National Coordinator for NATO Integration, Skopje, 2006-2009
- Special Envoy in the talks between the Republic of Macedonia and the Hellenic Republic to overcome the difference over the name under the UN auspices, 2003-2008
- Ambassador to the United States, Washington, DC, 2001-2006
- National Security Adviser to the President of the Republic of Macedonia, 2000-2001
- Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2000
Dimitrov has published a book and a number of articles on foreign policy, national security, human rights and the rule of law. He has broad experience in public diplomacy, participating in public debates and giving lectures at numerous universities on NATO enlargement, European integration, Southeast Europe, international dispute settlement and conflict resolution, both in Europe and in the United States.
As a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute, his work will center on enhancing understanding and promoting debate among stakeholders on European integration and transatlantic relations, with special emphasis on democratic governance, rule of law, stability and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Southeast Europe. His responsibilities will also include the advancement of relations between the Institute and the Diplomatic Corps in The Hague, and the development of partnerships with governments, international and regional organizations, think tanks and NGOs.
Commenting on the appointment, the President of The Hague Institute, Dr. Abiodun Williams, said “I am delighted that Ambassador Dimitrov will join us at The Hague Institute as a Distinguished Fellow. I am certain that his impressive background in foreign and security policy will prove a major asset to the Institute’s research, development and outreach activities, particularly with regard to our work on the Balkan region.”
Remarking on his appointment, Ambassador Dimitrov reflected on the concluding lines of the Carnegie Report on the Balkan Wars, published in 1914, which noted the special place of The Hague in international peace and justice. “The recently dedicated Peace Palace at The Hague,” noted the report, “stands as a witness to the new and larger patriotism …[to the] belief that through justice peace is to reign upon the earth”. The report, Dimitrov recalled, was “a result of the noble effort of the Carnegie Endowment, a non-governmental organization, to have an unparalleled impact on international policy.”
Ambassador Dimitrov added that “it is an exceptional privilege to join the Hague Institute for Global Justice, an impact-oriented institution of innovative relevant policy research and development, established in this very spirit in the international city of peace and justice. I am particularly delighted, under the inspiring leadership of Dr. Williams, at the opportunity to build upon my previous experience aimed at enhancing understanding and promoting debate among stakeholders on the promotion of democracy, stability, rule of law and the European and the Euro-Atlantic integration of the countries in Southeast Europe.”
The President of the Carnegie International Commission for the Balkans, the Nobel Peace Prize winner Baron d’Estournelles de Constant, a century ago, contemplated the solution for the Balkan States: “Once these fertile countries were linked to the rest of Europe, and connected like the rest of Europe, they would of themselves become peaceful by means of commerce and trade and industry… In reality, there is no solution, no way either for small states or for great countries except by union and conciliation. While we have indeed made great progress in the region since then, the job is still not fully done.”