Milan St. Protić

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Milan St. Protić
Милан Ст. Протић
Serbian Ambassador to Switzerland
In office
27 January 2009 – September 2014
Preceded by Dragan Maršićanin
Succeeded by Snežana Janković
69th Mayor of Belgrade
In office
5 October 2000 – 14 February 2001
Preceded by Vojislav Mihailović
Succeeded by Radmila Hrustanović
Yugoslav Ambassador to the United States
In office
14 February 2001 – 23 August 2001
Preceded by Živorad Kovačević
Succeeded by Ivan Vujačić
Personal details
Born ( 1957 -07-28) July 28, 1957 (age 59)
Belgrade, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Alma mater University of Belgrade
Univ. of California, Santa Barabara
Religion Serbian Orthodox

Milan St. Protić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан Ст. Протић) (b. 1957) is a historian, politician and diplomat from Serbia. He was the Ambassador of Serbia to the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Mayor of Belgrade.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in a prominent Serbian family of politicians and intellectuals. His great grandfather Stojan Protić was Serbian statesman and the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (1918–1920). His grandfather Milan St. Protić was the Governor of the Yugoslav Central Bank (1939–1940) and was the member of the Yugoslav cabinet (1941). His father was a renowned Yugoslav sportswriter and FIFA official.

St. Protić graduated from the University of Belgrade's Law School in 1980, but was not allowed to pursue an academic career for political reasons[citation needed]. Leaving the country, he continued graduate studies in the History department at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he received M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1987).

Upon his return to Yugoslavia, Milan St. Protić entered the Institute for Balkan Studies as a Research Fellow. He was a visiting professor at UC Santa Barbara (1991–1992). He also gave lectures at universities in Thessaloniki, Paris, Cambridge, London, Harvard, Washington, D.C. and Toronto. He is the author of several books about Serbian and Yugoslav 19th and 20th century history.

Political career[edit]

From 1991, St. Protić took an active part in the opposition movement against the regime of Slobodan Milošević. He became one of the leading figures of the opposition movement and a member of its leadership in 1998.

On October 5, 2000, he was elected Mayor of Belgrade as the first official-elect of the new democratic government.

In February 2001, Milan St. Protić was appointed Ambassador to the United States, but was recalled after six months due to public criticism of the Yugoslav President Vojislav Koštunica and his policies. In following years he was the Deputy Chairman of the Christian Democratic Party of Serbia (DHSS).

In January 2009, St. Protić was appointed Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Personal life[edit]

Milan St. Protić is married and father of three daughters.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vojislav Mihailović
Mayor of Belgrade
2000 – 2001
Succeeded by
Radmila Hrustanović