The Dole Institute will host Vlora Çitaku, ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the United States, for the 2018 Dole Lecture. The first sitting ambassador to visit the Dole Institute, Çitaku will discuss her career in international diplomacy and her work on behalf of the young Republic of Kosovo. The nation recently marked the 10th anniversary of its declaration of independence from Serbia on Feb. 17, 2008.
Once a refugee with her three sisters, Çitaku was separated from her parents and deported by the Serbian military during the Kosovo War in 1999. She would later return following the U.S.-led air campaign in Kosovo and enter politics. She has served in the Kosovo General Assembly and as the nation’s deputy foreign minister, acting foreign minister and consul general of the Republic of Kosovo’s mission in New York City.
This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors for this event include the KU Center for Global and International Studies, the KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the KU Office of Graduate Military Programs.