Jelena Milić


Director, Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies

Jelena Milic is among the most influential political analysts in Serbia and the Western Balkans region.

In December 2016 she was elected as one of the POLITICO 28 Most influential People in the annual POLITICO 28 list of people shaking and shaping the world, together with the mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the CEO of Ryanair Michael O'Leary, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Federica Mogherini, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and founder and president of the Open Society Foundation George Soros. 

In mid-2018 CEAS became one of the 22 leading international organizations, and the only one from the Western Balkans, which are partners of the Atlantic Council (AC USA) on the new strategic project DisinfoPortal. Ms Milic is enlisted as one of the experts on the Disinfo portal.

The key areas of her expertise and interest are: Transatlantic relations; US foreign politics; NATO affairs; EU affairs, NATO, policies of the EU and its member states towards South East Europe and Russia; Serbian foreign and security policies with a special focus on relations with NATO; Russian influence in the Western Balkans and Europe; Transitional justice and security sector reform; Contemporary social-liberalism; Democratic deficit of multiculturalism.

She is the leading researcher and author of CEAS reports, among which are most prominent: “Basic Instinct: The Case for More NATO in The Western Balkans” published in September 2017 and “Eyes Wide Shut – Strengthening of the Russian Soft Power in Serbia – goals, instruments and effects” published in May 2016.

Her essays have been published in the bestselling book “Don’t leave me” by leading Serbian cultural sociologist Ratko Božović;
The Serbia-Kosovo agreement and the reform of National security issued in the conference “Western Balkans - The futures of integration” published by the NATO Defense College Foundation in cooperation with the Italian Presidency of Council of the European Union and the Balkan Trust for Democracy in 2014;
“The Elephant in the Room” - Incomplete Security Sector Reform in Serbia and its Consequences for Serbian Domestic and Foreign Policies, issued in Unfinished Business: The Western Balkans and the International Community, published by the Center for Transatlantic Relations Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University' in Washington DC in 2012;
The European Union and Serbia issued in European standards in Serbia - collection of papers, published by the Center for Democracy in 2009;
Serbia: Between the walls issued in 1989-2009- 2029 / 20 Years ago, 20 Years ahead – Young Liberal Ideas published by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in 2009.

Milic served as the assistant to Goran Svilanović, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of SCG and Serbia, during his mandate in the Stability Pact for South East Europe Department for Democracy and Human Rights. Previously she worked as a political analyst and researcher for the International Crisis Group and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia. In the late 1990s, Milic actively supported the work of the non-violent OTPOR movement, which significantly contributed to the fall of Slobodan Milosević's regime. She was the regional producer of the film about OTPOR, Dictator Detection, which is part of the series A FORCE MORE POWERFUL, Produced by Steve York, Dalton Delan and Jack DuVall. She translated all films of the series into BHS languages.

She is an alum of the Friedrich-Naumann- Stiftung International Academy for Leadership (IAF) and had internship with prestigious Paris based think-tank CERI of the Science Po University sponsored by the European Commission.

Milic has a degree in Engineering Security Management from Union Nikola Tesla University in Belgrade. She is currently finishing her master’s thesis on NATO’s Crisis management system and emergency planning policies and structures.

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