Dr. Vladimir Bratic is assistant professor of media and communications at Hollins University. He is the author of several journal articles, professional publications and reports on the role of the media in conflict and peace. Dr. Bratic teaches and lectures about media’s capacity to promote the peaceful transformation of violent conflict across the world. He is a co-author of the upcoming book on media strategy for peacebuilding and conflict prevention to be published by the United States Institute of Peace Press in 2009. Prior to coming to the United States, Dr. Bratic graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogy and Philosophy at the Palacky University, Czech Republic. He is originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina where he conducted extensive research on the role of the media in the reconciliation of the Bosnian conflict. He obtained a Master’s degree in International Relations and aPhD in Mass Communication from Ohio University.