Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has today announced the appointment of Dr Russell Trood as Special Envoy to Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Caucasus.
"Dr Trood will highlight the significant contribution Australia can make to the UN Security Council and our longstanding commitment to promoting the interests of small and medium countries," said Mr Rudd.
"He will bring his strong background in international relations to help strengthen Australia's relations with countries in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Caucuses, and will build on our considerable people-to-people links with these regions."
Dr Trood recently completed a term as a Senator for Queensland. During his period in parliament his positions included Chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee and membership of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.
Prior to taking up his position in the Senate in 2005, Dr Trood was Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for the Study of Australia-Asia Relations at Griffith University in Brisbane.
He was a member of the Foreign Affairs Council from 1997 to 2001.
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