Government reshuffling in Belarus

Background and outlook

On August 18, 2018 the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko performed a quick and massive transformation of his government. The country got a new head of the government, four new vice prime ministers and also four new ministers with substantial areas of responsibility. This was triggered, quite commonly for Belarus, by the dissatisfaction of the head of the state with the execution of his instructions by the government regarding the economic development – especially in the Orsha district in the East of Belarus. However there are more reasons for this move. more…

Dr. Wolfgang Sender | Country Reports | August 27, 2018

The European Games in Minsk 2019

About relationship between sports and politics

Following the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia 2018, the German Bundestag on June 14, 2018 among other things intensively debated the political framework conditions in Russia and the connection between sports and politics. In 2019 the union sister state of Russia, the Republic of Belarus, is expected to host the European Games. Which framework conditions must be expected and considered here? more…

Dr. Wolfgang Sender | Country Reports | August 3, 2018

2nd workshop within the KAS-Martens Centre Discussion Club 2018 series

On July 26 – 29, the participants of the KAS-Martens Centre Discussion Club 2018 attended a 4-day long workshop that took place in Klaipėda (Lithuania). more…

Event Reports | July 29, 2018

New impulses for state politics and administration

Political Science Publication

Belarus Country Office of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung has supported a publication "Political Science: State Politics and Administration" by the Department of Political Science of the Belarusian State University. more…

June 22, 2018

The NATO Exercise Saber Strike

Belarus Being a Factor

In the beginning of June NATO was conducting a defense exercise Saber Strike in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with 18,000 soldiers. The exercise sought to strengthen defense in a geographically significant region: a narrow strip of land between NATO members Lithuania and Poland, which is restricted by Russia's Kaliningrad to the west and Belarus to the east. It was announced against the backdrop of many Russian exercises, contrary to Russian practice, the real number of participants did not exceed the announced figures, and it was much smaller than usual maneuvers on the Russian side. more…

Dr. Wolfgang Sender | Country Reports | June 21, 2018