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):

Matteo Bonomi, Dušan Reljić

The EU and the Western Balkans: So Near and Yet So Far

Why the Region Needs Fast-Track Socio-Economic Convergence with the EU

SWP Comment 2017/C 53, December 2017, 4 Pages
Dušan Reljić

Russia Gives Serbia the Choice: Satellite or Bargaining Chip

in: Sabine Fischer, Margarete Klein (eds.)
Conceivable Surprises

Contributions to Research Papers 2016/RP 10, October 2016, 78 Pages, S. 25-29

Dušan Reljić

Foresight Retrospective: “One Land, One People, One Dream” – Albanians Abolish their Borders

in: Lars Brozus (ed.)
Unexpected, Unforeseen, Unplanned

Contributions to Research Papers 2016/RP 01, January 2016, 56 Pages, S. 50-54

Andrea Despot, Dušan Reljić, 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 Comment 2012/C 16, May 2012, 8 Pages
Andrea Despot, Dušan Reljić

Croatia's rush to join the EU

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

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

External Publications (selection):

Matteo Bonomi, Ardian Hackaj, Dušan Reljić

Avoiding the Trap of Another Paper Exercise: Why the Western Balkans Need a Human Development-centred EU Enlargement Model

in: IAI Papers (20/04), 31.01.2020, Rome, 13 Pages


Dušan Reljić

The Influencers’ Futile Toils: Russia and Turkey in the Balkans

in: IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2019. Barcelona, 2019, 5 Pages
Dušan Reljić

Crimes, Prosperity, and Institutions

The enduring negative cycle

in: Balkan Perspectives: Adapting the Partnership and Integration Paths, NATO Foundation Defense College, August 2019, page 39-42
Dušan Reljić

The impact of Russia

in: Resilience in the Western Balkans. EUISS Report No. 36, eds.: Sabina Lange, Zoran Nechev, Florian Trauner, Paris, August 2017, 7 Pages
Dušan Reljić

Why is the EU enlargement stuck?

It is not Brexit or Euroscepticism blocking the EU membership of the majority of post-Yugoslav states and Albania.

La Revue 115, Confrontations Europe, Oct.-Dec., 2016
Marija Mitrovic Bošković, Dušan Reljić, Alida Vračić

Elsewhere in the Neighborhood: Reaching Out to the Western Balkans

in Turkey's Public Diplomacy; edited by B. Senem Çevik, Philip Seib (September 2015)

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

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

Dušan Reljić

Geopolitics and loans: The EU does not want to lose the Western Balkans

The European Commission promises 3.3 billion € to help the Western Balkan countries mitigate the impact of the pandemic and bring them closer to the EU. Without a fundamental change of direction, however, this initiative comes too late, says Dušan Reljić.

Point of View, 05.05.2020
Dušan Reljić

What does it take for the EU to punch above its weight?

Since the start of the financial and economic crises in 2008/2009, the EU project has lost a considerable part of its standing. A recent forum has raised ideas for reversing the decline of the EU’s ranking in the global arena. Dušan Reljić explains how.

in: EurActive, 07.10.2019, (online)
Tobias Flessenkemper, Dušan Reljić

EU Enlargement: A Six Percent Target for the Western Balkans

If the countries of the Western Balkans are to have any prospect of overcoming their crisis, they will need to double their annual growth rates. This will necessitate a fundamental rethinking of the EU’s enlargement policy, argue Tobias Flessenkemper and Dušan Reljić.

Point of View, 27.06.2017
Dušan Reljić

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)
Dušan Reljić

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, 23.07.2013

SWP Comments

Christian Wagner
Political Upheaval in Sri Lanka

Internal and External Consequences of the Parliamentary Elections on 5 August 2020

Fabian Burkhardt
Russia’s “Passportisation” of the Donbas

The Mass Naturalisation of Ukrainians Is More Than a Foreign Policy Tool

SWP Research Papers

Andrea Schmitz
Uzbekistan’s Transformation

Strategies and Perspectives

Muriel Asseburg
Reconstruction in Syria

Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States