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

Eleven Possible Turns in Russia’s Foreign Policy

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

Scenarios of International Foreign and Security Policy. Foresight Contributions 2015

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):

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
Norbert Mappes-Niediek, Dušan Reljić

«Geh auch du!»

Warum Zehntausende vom Balkan nach Westen wandern

in: Anja Reschke (Hg.), Und das ist erst der Anfang: Deutschland und die Flüchtlinge, Rowohlt, Hamburg 2015
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)
Dušan Reljić

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)

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

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

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, June 2017
Dušan Reljić

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
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, July 2013
Dušan Reljić

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