NIU Visiting Scholar Program Features Slovenian Intelligence Director
November 16, 2012
Dr. Damir Crncec, Director of Slovenia's Security and Intelligence Agency (SOVA), became NIU's first Visiting Scholar of the 2012-2013 school year as he provided insight into the unique aspects of the Slovenian intelligence during events at the main campus in mid-October. The NIU Visiting Scholar Program supports the University and DIA's strategic objective of empowering partnerships by strengthening relationships with foreign partners who can provide information and analytical insights.
Dr. Crncec's three-day visit provided many opportunities to discuss current geo-strategic challenges from the Euro-Slovenian perspective. Dr. Crncec had a full agenda, which included an address to the full-time student body at the Monday morning NIU Distinguished Speakers Lecture, participation in some graduate classes, one-on-one sessions with students and faculty, and a roundtable discussion with students, faculty and DIA analysts.
The roundtable discussion was facilitated by NIU faculty members Dr. Chris Young and Dr. Joe Gordon, with senior members of DI's Eurasia, Europe and NATO and J22 offices. Dr. Crncec praised the high level of engagement in the students he encountered and lauded the value of the NIU program, emphasizing the importance of trust and strong international relationships as global threats continue to evolve and demand a unified international response..
Dr. Crncec emphasized the importance of trust and strong international relationships as global threats continue to evolve and demand a unified international response during his speech to students on 15 October as part of the NIU Distinguished Speakers Program. After the program, he accepted a gift from NIU – a copy of Imperial Secrets (published by NI Press) – presented by Second Lieutenant Carmella Burruss, USAF, Class of 2013.