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Miladin Bogetic: "I Want to Be Part of a Team of New Thinking"

Miladin Bogetic is a young diplomat who graduated from AUBG in 2003 serving a Third Secretary in the Embassy of Montenegro in Austria and Adviser to Montenegro’s Representative to the United Nations (UN). His current obligations cover the relations of his country with the Republic of Austria, as well as with the UN and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). His personal mission, however, reaches further than serving Montenegro as a diplomat-- he wants to help create modern institutions in his country, by bringing a new way of thinking into old governmental buildings.

Miladin is a student of both the American and European educational traditions. After AUBG, he completed a two-year Master’s degree in Advanced International Studies from Johns Hopkins University (USA). During his first year he studied at the Bologna Center in Italy, and in the second year he attended the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna for the completion of his thesis. Upon graduation, Miladin did an internship with the OSCE. For one part of the internship he was in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and then in the secretariat of the organization in Vienna.

When Miladin returned home to Montenegro, he decided it was just the right time for him to get involved in constructing the new country’s institutions as in 2006 Montenegro had become an independent state. He worked as a desk officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a year and half, before he was deployed to the embassy of Montenegro in Austria. “Now the good timing gives me the opportunity to try and give back to my country,” Miladin said. “The conditions are not great, especially old-fashioned thinking. Yet, I was aware of it, and knew I would face it. But I have been in the government for two years, and I already see progress,” he added.

“After the independence in 2006, there was this honeymoon period when everybody was enthusiastic and happy,” Miladin explained. “It lasted for a year, but then reality kicked in because you realize you are in control of your own destiny, that you are your own master. Yet, there are many problems with which you have to deal: state salaries are small, buildings are old, not all employees know how to use a computer, they don’t speak English, and so on,” he said. Nonetheless, there is enthusiasm in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “There are mostly young people, but it’s not a romantic enthusiasm, it’s more pragmatic. You are aware that you can improve things but it happens so gradually that you get frustrated in the process. Among my colleagues, among the younger generation, there is enthusiasm but a very realistic kind.  It is not like you are going to change the world,” Miladin maintained. After working for six months for a state institution, he realized the impossibility of a sudden change in the system. “It took six months to introduce an electronic database in the Ministry. You encounter a lot of obstacles, some technical, some financial or even human resources.”

Despite his love for the job with the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Miladin has always been attracted by teaching. “So I took a part time job as a teaching assistant to the famous Professor of Political Science and Ethnicity Relations from Belgrade – Dusan Janjic. I would meet the students to do practice, but also I would teach a theoretical course, trying to put some flesh on the bones, give real life examples, or provoke discussion,” Miladin said. The subject he taught was Theory of Ethnicity and Ethnic Relations. During his Master studies he touched upon the issue, but never got into greater detail. At AUBG he took a course with Professor. Sardamov - Conflict and Conflict Resolution –where he learned a great deal that he can apply to his own teaching. “In my teaching, I even used the book we had to read in AUBG on that subject,” he says.

Miladin comes back to AUBG almost every year. Despite his busy work days, he finds the time for the alumni reunions, where he meets old friends. Of the six AUBG graduates from Montenegro, four work in the government, Miladin said. “Three of us work in the Foreign Affairs Ministry. We’re junior diplomats, but as we go on, we will be more influential and be leaders in one way or another. I don’t see myself as a leader, but as part of a team of new thinking.”

 

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