Dr. Selmo Cikotić

Dean, School of Government, American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Former Minister of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Biography

The Hon. Selmo Cikotić is the current Defense Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a position which he has held since 2007. His military career began at an early age, where after attending Military High School in Belgrade until 1982, he graduated from the Air Defense Branch of the Former Yugoslav Military Academy in 1986, and began his professional career as a Commander and teacher of Reserve Officer Cadets in the Air Defense School Center at Zadar.

During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Cikotić held several military positions, including: Battalion Commander, Operational Group Commander, and the Corps Chief of Staff. He also acted as a Liaison officer of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Supreme Command with The United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) Command in Sarajevo during the first year of the war. In February 1993, Mr. Cikotić was appointed Commander of Operational Group Zapad of the 3rd Corps of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Bugojno.

From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Cikotić served as the Defense Attaché of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the USA, in Washington D.C., where he participated at the Dayton Peace Talks as a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina state delegation, negotiating the military aspects of the overall framework agreement. Following his retirement from the military in 2000, Mr. Cikotić became the CEO of OKI, a private construction company in Sarajevo.

From 2000, Mr. Cikotić focused on his Postgraduate studies at the Sarajevo University Faculty of Political Sciences and earned a Master’s Degree in Security and Defense. He defended his PhD thesis under the title: “Security Prospects of Bosnia and Herzegovina” in July 2008, and was elected Docent for Politics and Strategies of National Security in the Faculty of Political Science at Sarajevo University in May 2009.

Currently Dean of the School of Government at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Cikotić teaches courses on “International Public Law” and “Theory and Practice of Political and Economic Diplomacy.” For the past two years, Mr. Cikotić has also been working as a Visiting Fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy and teaches courses on “National Security Policies and Strategies” and “Leadership” at Sarajevo University.