Protest and dialogue: what will be the near future of Belarus?

October 16, 2020 22:25

Online meeting of the Belarusian Expert-Analytical Club

October 20th, 5PM Minsk time (4PM CET).

Preliminary registration is required, please see below.

Organizers: Belarus in Focus weekly analytical monitoring, Press Club Belarus, the website of the expert community in Belarus Nashe mnenie and the  Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS)

Background: Peaceful street protests continue in Belarus for more than two months, and although they do not break the August record numbers of the participants, they do not stop. Amidst the protracted political crisis and instability in Belarus, all the parties (the West and Russia, the Coordination Council and Lukashenka) talk about dialogue. At the same time, everyone sees this dialogue very differently.

Some would like to discuss only the immediate resignation of Lukashenka, while others are satisfied with a round table in the KGB pre-trial detention center.

Today’s open questions include:

1) How will the protests and negotiations correlate with each other in the near future?

2) What is the international experience in different ways out of such a political crisis?

3) How likely is the international mediation (including via OSCE mechanisms) and how great would be its benefits?

Working languages: Belarusian and Russian with simultaneous translation into English. The discussion is open for experts and analysts from various think-tanks, international journalists, foreign ministry officials, civic activists and other specialists interested in recent developments in Belarus. 

Guest speakers (in alphabetical order):·        

  • Dmitry Gromakov, sociologist, head of research projects at the Center for Social Engineering Implementation and Analysis of Non-Systemic Actions (Ukraine);·        
  • Andrei Kazakevich, PhD in Political Science, director of the Political Sphere Institute;·        
  • Kamil Kłysiński, senior analyst at the Center for Eastern Studies (Poland).·        
  • Edgar Vardanyan, political scientist, chief editor and analyst of the Detector.am project (Armenia);·        
  • Franak Viachorka (TBC), international affairs advisor to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya; 

Moderators: Valeria Kostyugova (Nashe Mnenie), Vadim Mojeiko (BISS) and Anton Ruliou (Belarus in Focus Information Office/Press Club Belarus).

Video recording is envisaged. The Chatham House Rule will apply upon the participant’s prior notice and will be off the record.

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