PhD, an Associate Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at “St. Kliment Ohridski” University in Bitola (North Macedonia). His academic background includes a BA in Law (International Law and International Relations), an MA in Political Sciences (European Union Studies) and a PhD in Political Sciences with a specific interest in the European Union foreign, security and defense policy. His publication list contains papers, chapters and monographs emphasising the role of the European Union in international relations, the institutional architecture of its foreign policy, the EU’s axiological performances and its international political power. In addition, many papers treat the EU’s role in the new international context in relation to the contemporary challenges of the liberal world order and the EU’s role and place in it. He is author of the books: Europe at the Crossroads: The Treaty of Lisbon as a Basis of European Union International Identity and EUtopia: the International Political Power of the EU in the Process of Ideeologization of the post-American World. Professor Ilik is co-founder of the Institute for Research and European Studies – Bitola and Editor-in-Chief of the international academic journal “Journal of Liberty and International Affairs” (www.e-jlia.com).