Hidajet Biščević

Hidajet "Hido" Biščević (born 18 September 1951, Sarajevo) is a Croatian diplomat, former Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council.

Hidajet Biščević
Secretary General of the
Regional Cooperation Council
In office
1 January 2008  31 December 2012
Succeeded byGoran Svilanović
Personal details
Born (1951-09-18) 18 September 1951
Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb
(Faculty of Political Sciences)
ProfessionJournalist, diplomat, author

Of Bosnian Muslim descent, he is also a journalist, having been editor-in-chief of the Vjesnik daily from 1990-92, and their foreign affairs editor from 1985-89, as well as an author of several books on international relations, concerning the breakup of Yugoslavia, the Iranian Revolution and the Iran–Iraq War.

Biščević graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Zagreb. After working at the state-owned Vjesnik daily newspaper in the 1980s and early 1990s, Biščević joined the Croatian diplomatic service in 1992, and was initially named Head of Department for Asian and Arab Countries at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Adviser to the Foreign Minister.

From 1993-95, he was Croatia's ambassador to Turkey, after which he was appointed as Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs (1995-97), before serving as ambassador to the Russia (1997-2002). Upon returning from Moscow, he served as the State Secretary for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2003-07.

On 10 May 2007, at the Southeast European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Foreign Ministers summit in Zagreb, he was appointed the first Secretary General of the newly established Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), and his term officially began on 1 January 2008.

Selected works

  • EU for YOU - Functioning of the EU (Croatian Edition 2006, with Wolfgang Böhm and Otmar Lahodynsky)
  • Strategija kaosa (English: Strategy of Chaos), ISBN 86-7125-053-9 (1989)
  • U ime Alaha (English: In the Name of Allah), ISBN 86-349-0109-2 (1987)
  • Krv na vodi (English: Blood on the Water), ISBN 86-409-0030-2 (1987)
  • Biography at the Regional Cooperation Council official website
  • Biography at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs official website (in Croatian)
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