Native of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Goran Filic, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Milan. He earned his bachelor in Finance and Economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and from 2007 to 2009 Dr. Filic studied at Columbia University in New York City where he earned a Master of International Affairs. His doctoral research investigated cases of peace, rejection of violence and anti-nationalism during Yugoslav wars. At Columbia, Dr. Filic served as a Research Fellow in the International Affairs Department researching political developments in South Eastern Europe as well as becoming the President of the Balkan Club at the Harriman Institute. Dr. Filic worked and studied across the globe in New York City, London, Dallas, Tokyo, Milan, Dubrovnik etc., and from 2013 to 2017 spent studying and researching on his Doctoral thesis at University of Milan. Most recently Dr. Filic taught classes in Comparative Politics, Geopolitics and Statistics at Dubrovnik International University in Dubrovnik. Dr. Filic has published parts of his thesis in reputable international journals (such as Journal of Peace and Development) while additional articles remain under review. His main research interests are conflict management, democratization, reconciliation and peace sustainability, ethnic mobilization and anti-nationalism in former Yugoslavia. Avid cyclists, soccer, and table tennis player, appreciates Adriatic Dalmatian islands and Italian Trentino Alto Adige region. Dr. Filic is involved with his community and coaches little league soccer and basketball at his local YMCA in Dallas.