Country Reports

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 | 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 | August 3, 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 | June 21, 2018

Think Tanks in Belarus

An overview of history and current situation

All over the world think tanks play an important role in the development, implementation and support of states' foreign and security policy. Germany and the EU, but also, for example, Russia, has seen a wave of new foundations and professionalization in the field of think tanks in recent years. This analytical publication takes the stock of the current and historical situation of think tanks in the Republic of Belarus. more…

Dr. Wolfgang Sender | June 19, 2018

Intellectual Belarus 2040

Ideas about future economic growth in Belarus

During the Congress of Scientists in Minsk on December 12 and 13, 2017 the academic elite of the country adopted the draft strategy “Science and Technology: 2018 - 2040”. The Congress was attended by more than 2.000 delegates from Belarus and about 500 international guests from the leading foreign academies of sciences and scientific and research centres. more…

Dr. Wolfgang Sender | January 29, 2018

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