Dr. phil. Dušan Reljić

Dr. phil. Dušan Reljić

SWP Brussels
Head of Office


1998-2000 Head of Department, Media and Democracy Programme; The European Institute for the Media, Düsseldorf;

1996-1998 Research Associate at the European Institute for the Media;

1993-1996 Senior Editor of Radio Free Europe South Slavic Languages Programme, Munich; later Western European Correspondent based in Bonn;

1991-1993 Foreign Editor of the News Magazine Vreme, Belgrade. Co- founder of BETA News Agency, Belgrade;

1979- 1991 Yugoslav National Press Agency Tanjug, Reporter, Editor, foreign Correspondent (Bonn 1986-1990), deputy Head of World Service 1990-1993;

Areas of Expertise:

South-East Europe, Western Balkans, EU enlargement policy, European Union, Nato

Further topics of research: media studies, in particular media, democracy and security, media performance in situations of tensions and conflict; political and social effects of digitisation in the media sector

SWP Publications (selection):

with Andrea Despot, with Günter Seufert

Ten Years of Solitude

Turkey and the Western Balkans Require Practical Integration Measures to Bridge the Hiatus in the European Union Enlargement Process

SWP Comments 2012/C 16, May 2012, 8 Pages

Border Changes on the Cards again in the Western Balkans

in: Barbara Lippert, Volker Perthes
Expect the Unexpected

Ten Situations to Keep an Eye On

SWP Research Paper 2012/RP 01, January 2012, 49 Pages, P. 31-34
with Andrea Despot

Croatia's rush to join the EU

Hasty admission would damage the country, other candidate countries and the EU

SWP Comments 2011/C 14, June 2011, 4 Pages

The West Balkans between the EU, the USA, and Russia

Challenges and Options

SWP Comments 2009/C 19, August 2009, 6 Pages
with Solveig Richter

Credibility and Compliance

The EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) Risks Forfeiting Its Leverage in the Western Balkans

SWP Comments 2008/C 32, December 2008, 4 Pages

External Publications (selection):

EU Facilitated Dialogue: Another exercise in constructive ambiguity

Under the auspices of the EU, Belgrade and Pristina have signed new agreements on how to further normalise their relations.

CEPS Commentary, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), 28.08.2015, (online)
with et al., with Günter Seufert

Western Balkans and Turkey Media and Freedom of Expression Fact-finding and Scoping Study

September 2012 - April 2013, Final Report

Framework Contract EuropeAid/127054/C/SER/Multi, Letter of Contract Nr. 2012/288659/1, Brussels: European Commission, 2013

EU Policy towards the Western Balkans

Between Continuity and Revision

in: Med.2011 - Mediterranean Yearbook, Barcelona: European Institute of the Mediterranean, 2011, pp. 206-209
with Žarko Petrović

Turkish Interests and Involvement in the Western Balkans

A Score-Card

in: Insight Turkey, 13 (Summer 2011) 3, pp. 159-172

Mass Media, Post-conflict Transformation and Transition

Why Is It Bodo and Not Katharine?

in: Svetlana Djurdejevic-Lukic (ed.), The Media and Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans, Geneva: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), August 2010, pp. 13-26 (DCAF Regional Programme Series; 1)

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Western Balkans Conference in Vienna: Gloomy Prospects for EU Accession Candidates

The economic situation in the Western Balkans is disastrous, EU accession perspectives barely credible. Rather than yet more empty words, the Western Balkans conference at the end of August should initiate investment programmes, says Dušan Reljić.

Point of View, August 2015

Does the EU want to bring Russia and Turkey into the Western Balkans?

As there are no signs that the EU economy will revitalize soon and lift with it the Western Balkans, the region is looking for new business partners.

in: EurActive, 12.12.2014, (online)

The "Albanian Question" after the Turn in Tirana

Pan-Albanian movements will remain an important political factor in Southeast Europe, says Dušan Reljić. Now the EU should initiate accession negotiations with all countries in the region willing to join the union.

Point of View, July 2013

The West Balkans: Accessing the Union

Regional stability in South East Europe, as the main concern of the EU enlargement policy, needs to be supported further. Dušan Reljic thinks it is necessary to publicly strengthen the spirit of Europe to achieve this goal.

Point of View, November 2012

SWP Comments

SWP Research Papers

Margarete Klein
Russia: A Euro-Pacific Power?

Goals, Strategies and Perspectives of Moscow’s East Asia Policy

Heiko Wimmen
Divisive Rule

Sectarianism and Power Maintenance in the Arab Spring: Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria