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Belarus in a changing geopolitical environment

Tuesday, 23 June 2020


Fyador Lukyanov
Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs
Kamil Klysinski
Senior Fellow, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)
Lt. General Ben Hodges
Chair in Strategic Studies, Center for European Policy Analysis Former Commanding General of US Army Europe
Michael Keating
Executive Director, European Institute of Peace
Yauheni Preiherman
Consultant, European Institute of Peace Director, Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations


Amanda Paul
Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre
Roxana Cristescu
Senior Adviser, European Institute of Peace

This EPC-European Institute for Peace Policy Dialogue discussed the role of Belarus in a changing geopolitical environment. Minsk appears to find itself at a critical geopolitical juncture: traditionally, the closest of Russia’s allies, its relationship with Moscow is going through a serious crisis. This has prompted Minsk to diversify its energy deliveries and, more broadly, improve cooperation with the EU, US and China.

The first ever shipment of US oil destined for Belarus arrived at the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda in June. Moreover, the country’s Presidential elections on 9 August 2020 seem set to be the most unpredictable in decades, with the future of Belarusian foreign policy depending to a large degree on how the domestic situation evolves.

Speakers shared their analysis on these and other topics in an online panel debate jointly moderated by Amanda Paul, EPC Senior Policy Analyst,
and Roxana Cristescu, Senior Adviser at the European Institute for Peace.

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