Ambassador Jiří Šedivý is the Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to NATO. Before being appointed to his current position in 2012, he served as First Deputy Minister of Defense (since 2010), NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning(2007–10), Deputy Minister for European Afairs (January – September 2007), and Minister of Defense (2006). From 2004 to 2006, he was professor of security studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Between 1999 and 2004, he was the director of the Institute of International Relations in Prague, and assistant professor of international relations at Charles University. He is a graduate of Charles University, Prague (PhD in political science, 1999), and of King’s College, London (MA in war studies, 1995).
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