Expert Profile

Dr Selmo Cikotic
Position(s) Former Minister of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Country Manager, Centre for the Development of Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIGMEV)

Dr Selmo Cikotic is an Associate Fellow within the Global Fellowship Initiative of the GCSP. Dr Cikotic is currently Country Manager of the Centre for the Development of Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIGMEV). He was appointed Minister of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2007 after retiring from the army in 2004 as Brigadier. He began his army career in the education center in Zadar, Croatia after attending both military school in Serbia and military academy in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

In February 1993 Dr Cikotic was made commander of operational group Zapad of the 3rd Corps of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Bugojno.

Cikotic served as the military attaché at the embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States in Washington, D.C. from December 1994 to 1997. Upon his return he became the head of the Doctrine, Training and Education Division, Joint Command. He went on to hold the Chief of Cabinet position as well as Deputy Commander and then Commander of the 1st Corps of the Federation Army in his military career.

From 2004 to 2007 he was CEO of OKI Ltd. in Sarajevo.

Dr Cikotic holds a PhD in Defense and Security from the University of Sarajevo and is fluent in English.