March 24 – March 30, 2014

Ukraine: Lessons for Belarus

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Ukraine: Lessons for Belarus

On March 31st, a debate entitled ’Ukraine: Lessons for Belarus’ will take place in Warsaw, co-organized by Solidarity with Belarus Information Office, Solidarity Fund PL and the Polish Institute for International Relations.

Experts from Poland, Russia, and Ukraine will explore how, and to what extent, recent developments in Ukraine could influence Belarus’ policies and her relations with Russia and the European Union.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Belarus’ authorities, opposition and civil society. How might events in Ukraine influence Belarusian civil society, opposition and authorities? What lessons are there to be learnt? Can the events in Ukraine become a catalyst for change in Belarus?
  • Russia and Belarus. How might events in Ukraine influence Russo-Belarusian relations? How will the conflict in Crimea affect the situation in Belarus in medium and long-term?
  • EU policy. Will the situation in Ukraine change the European Union’s approaches within the Eastern Partnership?

Working languages: Russian and English (simultaneous interpretation will be provided).


11.00 – 11.10 Welcome and Opening remarks

Piotr Kościński, Programme Coordinator, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
Yuliya Slutskaya, Solidarity with Belarus Information Office

11.10 – 13.00 Ukraine: Lessons for Belarus

Anna Maria Dyner, political scientist, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
Valeria Kostyugova, political analyst, Agency for Political Expertise, Belarus
Yevhen Hlibovytsky, political analyst, managing partner, Pro-Mova, Ukraine
Andrei Porotnikov, security analyst, Belarus Security Blog, Belarus
Oleg Bogutsky, political analyst, Belarus

Moderator: Pavel Sheremet, Chief Editor, Belarus Partisan, Belarus

Keynote speaker: Andrei Vardomatsky, sociologist, NOVAK laboratory, Belarus

The discussion will take place on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 11:00 – 13:00, in the Polish Institute for International Relations (PISM) – 1A Warecka street, 1st floor.

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