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History, Memory, Diplomacy: Slovakia 100 years after the end of the First World War

13 Nov 2018 2.00PM - 3.00PM
Cottrell Building, LT A6
Ľubomír Rehák

Slovakia is celebrating a series of remarkable anniversaries in 2018. 25 years ago the Slovak Republic was established, a centenary ago the common state of the Czechs and Slovaks was proclaimed. Ľubomír Rehák, Ambassador of Slovakia to the UK, will recall these and other historical moments of Slovak history (many of those, coincidentally happened in years ending with 8 – like the Munich Agreement of 1938, the Communist putsch of 1948 or the Soviet invasion of 1968) in his talk at the University of Stirling on 13 November 2018. On the occasion of centenary of the Armistice Day, the Slovak Ambassador will also make a presentation of a new English translation of The Bloody Sonnets, strong anti-war poetry written in 1914 by great Slovak poet Pavol Orsagh Hviezdoslav.

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About the speaker

Ľubomír Rehák was born in 1970 in Topoľčany, Slovakia. In 1992, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MA, PhD in 1997) and started his professional carrier at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia.

His first 5-year diplomatic posting abroad was in Moscow as the Private Secretary to the Ambassador and Political Officer for Central Asia (1993-1998). He then went for 4 years to the Embassy at Lisbon as Deputy Head of Mission (1999-2003). After that he became the European Correspondent of the Foreign Ministry - co-ordinator for the area of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (2004-2006).

His next posting was to Belarus as Chargé d´affaires at the embassy at Minsk (2006-2008). While there he also undertook the duties of the EU Local Presidency in Belarus in 2nd semester 2007. He then moved to Brussels as Ambassador - Representative of Slovakia to the EU Political and Security Committee (2008-2010) and on returning to Bratislava he was appointed a Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-2011).

In 2011, the President of the Republic appointed him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic and he began his duties at the Embassy in Astana in June 2011. As of October 2012 he was again appointed a Political Director (Director-General for Political Affairs) at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic in Bratislava.

In 2015, the President of Slovakia appointed him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the Court of St. James´s (Royal Court for the Souvereign of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) and he arrived in London on 10 August 2015.

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