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Rastislav Kacer

President and Chairman of the Slovak Atlantic Commission, Former Slovakian Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Rastislav Káčer is the Honorary President of the Central European Strategy Council and the President and Chairman of the Slovak Atlantic Commission. In 2008 he completed his five-year term in Washington D.C. as the Ambassador of Slovakia to the United States. Prior to this, Rastislav served at different decision-making levels for 16 years. Rastislav began his career as policy analyst at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs rising to Head of the Analytical Unit. Between 1994 and 1998 he served at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and on this return from Brussels became head of Policy Planning Staff and the Director General for Security Policy and Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry. In 2001 he became the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence responsible for the negotiation and accession process of Slovakia to NATO. In July 2008, Rastislav was elected President of the Slovak Atlantic Commission which is a member the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) and he served as the Vice-President of ATA for four years. Rastislav is widely recognized as expert on U.S. domestic and foreign policy, transatlantic relations, defence and security issues. He speaks Slovak, English, French and Russian. 2008 to 2013 he also worked for FIPRA Slovakia – Public Policy & Regulatory Advisers consulting company, as the Chairman.

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