Cirila Toplak, PhD is Associate Professor at the University of Ljubljana. She is the former advisor to the President of Slovenia, a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University, and president of the Slovenian Political Science Association. She has several books including The United States in Europe (2003), Slovenia: Political Insights (2012) and Who Are We Without the Others? Slovenianness (2014). She is Vice-President of Animal Angels (Slovenia) and a published poet.