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Gorana Grgić

Visiting Scholar 2018-2019

Residency Dates: February 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019


Gorana Grgić

Gorana Grgić is a lecturer at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include ethnic conflict, democratization, transatlantic relations and U.S. alliances. She was awarded a Ph.D. in international relations at the University of Sydney in 2014. Grgić has been a regular political contributor for ABC News and Sky News in Australia and has contributed to several Australian and international media outlets and policy institutes. Prior to her academic appointment, she worked for SBS Radio in Sydney and the United Nations Development Programme in Croatia.

Grgić will be working on a book that explores the dynamics of U.S. foreign policy making in the Western Balkans under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She will focus on the diplomatic and security aspects of transatlantic cooperation between the U.S. and the European Union as well as their policies towards the region. Her project seeks to make a broader contribution to understanding the drivers of U.S. foreign policy in regions that become deprioritized from an administration’s agenda.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Lecturer, Department of Government and International Relations, The University of Sydney
  • Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University


  • Gorana Grgić. Ethnic conflict in asymmetric federations: Comparative experience of the former Soviet and Yugoslav regions (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017).
  • Gorana Grgić, Benjamin E. Goldsmith, Dimitri Semenovich, and Arcot Sowmya. “Political competition and the initiation of international conflict: A new perspective on the institutional foundations of democratic peace.” World Politics, pp. 493-531.

Research Project

The politics of deprioritization: U.S. foreign policy in the Western Balkans (2000-2016)


International Relations