Panel 2

Belarus and its neighbors. Prospects for cooperation

About Panel 2

Belarus has been steeped in a deep domestic political crisis since its presidential elections were held on 9 August, and to which international communities of states, especially the EU, have had to react and position themselves politically. Expressions of solidarity and sanctions obviously followed in the form of immediate and jointly issued measures. Poland and Lithuania are among those neighbouring states that, due to their situation, geopolitical interests, and shared historical and social ties, expressed great solidarity and determination in wanting to find political solutions to deal with the new reality in Belarus. Not only have most of the opposition’s activists found refuge here, such as Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, but Warsaw and Vilnius are very eager to help shape the EU’s political response to Belarus, and they have clearly expressed the importance of acting swiftly.

How do the neighbouring countries interpret the developments in Minsk and Belarus? What influence do they have on the formation of the EU’s policies towards Belarus? What interests is Germany pursuing in this conflict situation, and how is Berlin working together with Warsaw and Vilnius? The particular role played by Russia and the impact on security policies for the easternmost EU countries will also be discussed, along with the opportunities and challenges on a global, political level presented by the impending change of government in the USA.

About Panel 2

Belarus has been steeped in a deep domestic political crisis since its presidential elections were held on 9 August, and to which international communities of states, especially the EU, have had to react and position themselves politically. Expressions of solidarity and sanctions obviously followed in the form of immediate and jointly issued measures. Poland and Lithuania are among those neighbouring states that, due to their situation, geopolitical interests, and shared historical and social ties, expressed great solidarity and determination in wanting to find political solutions to deal with the new reality in Belarus. Not only have most of the opposition’s activists found refuge here, such as Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, but Warsaw and Vilnius are very eager to help shape the EU’s political response to Belarus, and they have clearly expressed the importance of acting swiftly.

How do the neighbouring countries interpret the developments in Minsk and Belarus? What influence do they have on the formation of the EU’s policies towards Belarus? What interests is Germany pursuing in this conflict situation, and how is Berlin working together with Warsaw and Vilnius? The particular role played by Russia and the impact on security policies for the easternmost EU countries will also be discussed, along with the opportunities and challenges on a global, political level presented by the impending change of government in the USA.

Moderator
Cornelius Ochmann

Cornelius Ochmann

Executive Member of the Board of the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, Member of the Board of the German-Belarusian Society

Speakers
Marcin Przydacz

Marcin Przydacz

State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

Margarita Šešelgytė

Margarita Šešelgytė

Director of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University

Viktar Shadurski

Viktar Shadurski

Dean of the Faculty of International Relations of Minsk State University

Michael Siebert

Michael Siebert

Director for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia at the German Federal Foreign Office

Nadezhda Arbatova

Nadezhda Arbatova

Institute for World Economy and International Relations, Moscow

Anna Maria Dyner

Anna Maria Dyner

Analyst, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw