Srdjan Darmanović became Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro in December 2016. Prior to this position he served as an Ambassador of Montenegro to the United States (December 2010 to October 2016).
An associate professor of comparative politics at the University of Montenegro, Minister Darmanović was previously the founder and first dean of the university’s Faculty of Political Science (2003-10). He was also the founder and president of the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), a nongovernmental organization and think tank based in Podgorica, Montenegro (1997-2010), and he has been a guest lecturer at various universities in Washington, D.C. (Johns Hopkins), as well as in Rome, Hamburg and Belgrade, where he was a member of the political science faculty.
In addition, Minister Darmanović was a former MP in the Federal Parliament of the former Yugoslavia (1992-96), an international research group member for the Aspen Institute (1997-98), and he has testified twice before the Helsinki Commission of the U.S. Congress (1998, 2000).
Minister Darmanović has been a member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe since 2005, working in the commission’s Council for Democratic Elections and Sub-Committee for Democratic Institutions. He is also the author of two books — “Malformed Democracy – the Drama of Yugoslav Post-Communism” (1993) and “Real-Socialism: Anatomy of a Collapse” (1996) — and has co-authored several books and written various articles in publications such as the D.C.-based Journal of Democracy and the East European Constitutional Review in New York City and Budapest.