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Vuk Velebit

Vuk Velebit, Expert

Serbian foreign policy analyst with focus on relations between Russia, Western Balkans and West. He writes for daily and weekly newspapers in Serbia. His master thesis on how pro-Russian narrative is created in Serbian media attracted a lot of attention both domestically and internationally.

13 articles - Vuk Velebit:
The Djokovic Scandal: a tale of politicians, anti-vaxxers and Serb nationalists

The Djokovic Scandal: a tale of politicians, anti-vaxxers and Serb nationalists

The Djokovic scandal goes beyond sports or health policies. It is also an episode in Australia's internal political disputes and a pretext for self-victimization by anti-vaxxers and Serbian nationalists.

Vuk Velebit
07 Jan 2022
Serbia: how an eco movement challenged the government and won

Serbia: how an eco movement challenged the government and won

With elections looming in Serbia, the Vucic regime, which has an almost complete political and mediatic grip of the country, faced an unexpected challenge. Crowds mobilised for an environmental cause – and won.

Vuk Velebit
29 Dec 2021
A “graffiti war” in Belgrade over a convicted war criminal

A “graffiti war” in Belgrade over a convicted war criminal

Decades after the guns fell silent in Bosnia, a different type of war is being waged in Belgrade between those who insist on facing the past so that Serbia can move forward and those still trapped in the wartime nationalist narratives of the 1990s.

Vuk Velebit
24 Nov 2021
The Non-Aligned Movement at 60: can Serbia (and Russia) use it to promote their policies?

The Non-Aligned Movement at 60: can Serbia (and Russia) use it to promote their policies?

A Cold War era relic, the Non-Aligned Movement is still seen as useful by one of its founding members – Serbia – and a prospective new-comer, Russia. Both are aiming to project their soft power among the organizations 130+ members and observers. And both may be expecting too much from a Movement that never really managed to become a real alternative to the world’s power poles.

Vuk Velebit
28 Oct 2021
Angela Merkel’s legacy in the Western Balkans

Angela Merkel’s legacy in the Western Balkans

Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel was, for years, the driving force behind Berlin’s – and EU’s – policies in the Western Balkans. As Merkel is exiting the scene, the region is still years away from EU integration, and some of its countries even took a turn away from their stated objectives of becoming consolidated liberal democracies.

Vuk Velebit
28 Sep 2021
How does Russian and Chinese capital undermine democracy in Serbia?

How does Russian and Chinese capital undermine democracy in Serbia?

Authoritarian states like Russia and China use the capital to increase their political clout. However, their investments and the loans they grant are not as advantageous as they are advertised, and one of their hidden costs is the undermining of democratic values and standards.

Vuk Velebit
02 Sep 2021
A Trojan horse: Chinese investments in Serbia

A Trojan horse: Chinese investments in Serbia

In the past few years, Chinese investments in Serbia have intensified, strengthening economic and strategic cooperation between the two countries. However, in addition to investing in production, new technologies, servicing old debts, some of these investments have brought with them harmful effects on the environment, but also a further collapse of the legal system and institutions.

Vuk Velebit
29 Jul 2021
How the pandemic brought together the far-right, anti-vaxxers and conspiracy buffs: the Serbian case

How the pandemic brought together the far-right, anti-vaxxers and conspiracy buffs: the Serbian case

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world we live in, affecting our lives and habits. Changes are visible in every sphere of society, and every change has its impact on political trends and vice versa. On the one hand, the pandemic put the spotlight on science, medicine and technology. On the other hand, it also brought to the forefront conspiracy theorists and those who do not believe in the progress of medicine and science in the first place. The pandemic also lead to an increased activity of the far right which connected to the anti-vaxxer movement and conspiracy theories.

Vuk Velebit
23 Jun 2021
Serbs don't want to join NATO, but Belgrade's partnership with the Alliance goes on

Serbs don't want to join NATO, but Belgrade's partnership with the Alliance goes on

After tensions in the 1990s and the war in Kosovo, Belgrade's relations with NATO have fundamentally improved, as Serbia has sought to break out of the isolation of the Milosevic era. The partnership with NATO is a constant in Serbia's policy, but the relationship is only partially assumed: the authorities emphasize the country's neutrality, the media focuses on the much weaker cooperation with Russia, and the population sees no gain in a possible NATO integration.

Vuk Velebit
20 May 2021
How Serbia has become a regional vaccine powerhouse

How Serbia has become a regional vaccine powerhouse

Last year was a year of mask diplomacy, and 2021 is becoming a year of vaccine diplomacy. While the EU is struggling to procure and roll over the vaccines it needs for its citizens, Great Britain and Serbia (European countries, but non-EU members), are European leaders of vaccination.

Vuk Velebit
14 Apr 2021
Serbs are pro-EU integration, in spite of anti-EU narrative in the media

Serbs are pro-EU integration, in spite of anti-EU narrative in the media

Many Serbs do feel sympathetic towards Russia – after all, it’s the major power that has been constantly backing their claim over Kosovo – and their leaders often steer the media towards a negative coverage of the EU. However, most Serbs want their country to join the EU, and so do their leaders and the relevant political parties.

Vuk Velebit
16 Mar 2021
While on the European path, Vucic creates the pro-Russian narrative in Serbia

While on the European path, Vucic creates the pro-Russian narrative in Serbia

What makes Serbia interesting to anaylze when it comes to Russia's influence is the already formed pro-Russian public opinion. Therefore, the question arises whether Russia in Serbia has a need to invest in strengthening its influence when public opinion is already in its favor. It is enough to look at the cover pages of the Serbian daily press where you can often see Vladimir Putin, as well as the media reporting on Russia so you can get the impression that the pro-Russian narrative is possibly created by Serbian journalists and editors. It means that pro-Russian narrative is not sponsored or created by Kremlin.

Vuk Velebit
16 Feb 2021
Serbia wants to be an EU member, but it likes China better

Serbia wants to be an EU member, but it likes China better

The option for China is connected to Belgrade domestic and foreign policy objectives. As it seeks to show that it has an alternative to the West, Belgrade has chosen the more relevant power, which is on the rise, unlike a Russia marked by isolation and crisis. China, in its turn, is interested to have bridge help that would gain it backdoor access to the European markets.

Vuk Velebit
28 Jan 2021