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Victor Jackovich

Former U.S. Ambassador — U.S. Department of State

Victor Jackovich (B.A. ’70, M.A. ’71, Slavic Languages and Literatures) is an American diplomat. A career officer in the U.S. Foreign Service with assignments throughout Eastern Europe, he became the first United States ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992. After serving as ambassador to Slovenia from 1995 to 1998, Jackovich was appointed acting deputy assistant secretary of state in Washington and led the Department of State’s Office of Southeast European Initiatives. He also served as associate director of the George Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany, a training institute for military and political leadership in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, Jackovich worked as the U.S. government’s senior political advisor for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. He retired from the U.S. government in 2004 with 33 years of service. In the following year, he became senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Jackovich now serves as president of the Washington-based consulting firm Jackovich International and vice president for international relations for Ervin Technical Associates. Over the course of his career, he has received numerous awards, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the American Bar Association’s Max Kampelman Award, the Serb Civic Society Award, the Distinguished Presidential Award for diplomatic service, and the Golden Eagle Award, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national medal.

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