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2019 

DEAR COLLEAGUES!

The collection "Actual problems of international relations and global development. Issue 7" will be published soon, scientific publication of the Center for international studies of the faculty of international relations of the Belarusian state University with a periodicity of 1 issue per year.

The electronic version of the collection can be found HERE.

DEAR COLLEAGUES!

The center for international studies of BSU faculty of international relations invites authors for publication in the collection "Actual problems of international relations and global development. Issue 7". The collection is a scientific publication of the Center for international studies of the faculty of international relations of Belarusian state University with the issuing frequency 1 time per year.

By order of the Higher attestation Commission of the Republic of Belarus from 22.04.2015 No. 100 the collection "Actual problems of international relations and global development" is included in the List of scientific editions of Belarus for publication of results of dissertational researches in the field of: history 07.00.05 – history of international relations and foreign policy; - political Sciences, 23.00.04 – political problems of international relations, global and regional development.

With the requirements for the articles can be found here.


As part of the event, on April 11, 2019, the Belarusian delegation visited the Supreme Court of the Republic of Poland, as well as a ceremonial reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of Poland, during which Vladimir Chushev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of Poland, addressed the forum participants with a welcoming speech.

During the forum, the participants from the Belarusian side presented the following reports.

Elena Gopka, Senior Lecturer at the Business Administration Department of the Institute of Business, BSU, in her speech “Certain Issues of Creation and Development of the Polish-Belarusian IPO Center” presented information on a joint educational project – the Belarusian-Polish IPO Center, created to train specialists from Belarus to analyze opportunities and attracting capital market funds to finance the development and modernization of Belarusian enterprises.

The center is the result of the cooperation of three Parties – the Institute of Business of the Belarusian State University, the Polish-Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and the Joint Stock Company Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Sergei Kizima, Head of the Department of International Relations of the Academy of Public Administration under theaegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, in his report “Maximization of the Benefits for Belarus and Poland from China’s Coming to Europe” noted the following.

The maximization of positive effects for achieving the national interests of European countries in relations with China is possible with the energetic cooperation of both political superstructures and the business communities of European countries.

In particular, Belarus and Poland can offer China for investment joint projects in which part of the products will be produced in Poland for the needs of the European Union, and some in Belarus for the needs of the EAEU. In this case, the Chinese investor will immediately receive two huge sales markets for products manufactured in Poland and Belarus, each of which has its own advantages, while Belarus and Poland will have jobs and an increase in export supplies. At the same time, it is also necessary to create conditions that encourage the arrival of new technologies from China along with Chinese investments.

Veronika Pavlovskaya, a lawyer of Arzinger& Partners and the chairman of the Council of Young Scientists of the National Center for Legislation and Legal Research of the Republic of Belarus, in her presentation “Youth Policy in Belarus and Poland: Similarities and Differences” compared the legal regulation of state youth policy in Belarus and Poland, supplementing the report with her own vision of cooperation prospects.

Mechislav Chesnovsky, Head of the Department of International Relations, Faculty of International Relations of BSU, presented the report “Belarusian-Polish Historical Dialogue: Political Reasonability and Scientific Problem”.

Comprehensively revealing the scientific relevance and practical significance of the topic, the author outlined the real ways of harmonizing the culture of memory of the Belarusian and Polish society, expanding the historical dialogue and crystallization of the uniting events of the past in order to strengthen not only the modern Belarusian-Polish good neighborly relations, but also stability in the Central and Eastern Europe.

Important conceptual observationsounded in the report: historical policy has overcome the unenviable role of the propaganda appendage in the past to promote its own external doctrines by many governments and now appears not only a scientific discipline, but also a sphere of knowledge of modern society, and even a mechanism of practical use.

The scientific hypothesis presented by the speaker positions the historical policy as an integral component of the interaction of states, able to overcome shared memory, to find and strengthen the elements of identity of the Belarusian and Polish peoples.

The use at all levels of the political, business, cultural, educational space of the models of neighborly coexistence developed by social scientists, mechanisms for optimizing bilateral contacts can give historical policy the value of the basis and method of improving Belarusian-Polish relations today.

Aleksey Goretsky, Head of the Center for International Studies, Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University, in his speech “The Union State of Belarus and Russia in the context of integration processes in the post-Soviet space: a constitutional and legal aspect”, analyzed the events currently taking place on the world stage and offered his vision of the most likely form of integration of the two countries.


4 April the Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University held an international round table on innovations in international studies “Greater Eurasia: Challenges and Opportunities”.

The event was attended by international scientists from Belarus, Russia, Poland, Germany, representatives of the academic and expert communities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Belarus, the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in the Republic of Belarus, the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Belarus, the media of Belarus.

The following reports were held within the framework of the round table program.

Vladislav Valerievich Froltsov, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of International Relations of BSU, in his report “Formation of Greater Eurasia at the beginning of the 21st century: geopolitical challenges and geo-economic background”noted the following.

The emergence and actualization of the “Greater Eurasia” concept as a common economic and humanitarian space that is able to unite states with different political systems and economic models, historical and cultural traditions, is largely determined by the large-scale geopolitical challenges that these countries faced in the early 21st century. Among them, first of all, it is necessary to indicate an increasingly prominent manifestation of unilateralism in the foreign policy of the leading world powers, which leads to ignoring the interests of allies and partners and making decisions contrary to the basic principles of modern international law. Not less significant challenges were disintegration processes, which affected even stable and developed states, whose boundaries have not changed for centuries, as well as the spread of negative stereotypes about foreign policy interests and goals of other states, which has become comprehensive and global due to the development of mass media.

At the same time, important geo-economic factors, such as the need to move from a commodity to an innovative type of economy, relevant for most Eurasian countries, the relevance of new international transport corridors and means of communication, which can significantly speed up and reduce the price of interaction between leading centers of world trade in Europe and East Asia, influencethe rapprochement of the positions of the Eurasian statestoday.

Equal cultural dialogue, designed to overcome old stereotypes and misconceptions, is also of particular importance.

The Republic of Belarus, as an active participant in the Eurasian integration process, aims to bring a significant contribution to countering current challenges and is ready to share with the allies and partners all the tangible benefits that the implementation of the most promising trade, economic, infrastructure and humanitarian projects in the Greater Eurasia space will give.

Petr Sergeevich Petrovsky, Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, expert of the Regional public organization “Belaya Rus”, co-chairman of the Belarusian editorial board of the analytical portal “Eurasia. The expert”, in his presentation“Theoretical and methodological approaches of China, Russia and Turkey to the Eurasian integration processes”revealed the essence of the discussions around the integration models in Greater Eurasia among the academic community of three key countries: China, Russia and Turkey. The main feature of the discussions in three countries is the consideration of one’s own country as the dominant center of power and attraction in the Eurasian space.

It should be recognized that in China, Russia and Turkey, the task was to methodologically and valuably overcome self-isolation. This task has been completed. An example of the views of Zhang Wenmu, Ruan Wei, Vinokurov, Karaganov, Lisovolik, D. Perincek and A. Davotoglu illustrated the peculiarities of the discussions around Greater Eurasia in each of the countries. It is noted that, despite the awareness of the need for transcontinental integration, each state is infected with a complex of its own exclusiveness in its implementation. There is no understanding of the need for supranational integration tasks. There is no question of developing mechanisms for collective decision-making between the main actors of Greater Eurasia. All this testifies to the low level of elaboration of the ideas of integration in Greater Eurasia.

Sergey Anatolievich Kizima, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor, Head of the Department of International Relations at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Belarus, stressed in his speech “Global Governance: the role of China as an ally of Belarus” that the growth of China’s power in the international arena leads to a discussion of the situation to what extent will it participate in global governance? From the point of view of the author, China will soon become the leader, replacing the United States in this role. Although many representatives of elites are not eager for this role, considering the development of China’s economy as paramount, China will be forced to take this step against the background of constant aggressive statements and actions by the United States against Chinese national interests. The growth of China’s power will have a positive effect on Belarus as its closest ally.

Arseny Vladimirovich Sivitsky, Master of Philosophy, Director of the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies, in his report “Greater Eurasia: Interference (Convergence) or Divergence of Integrations?” settled on the following provisions.

Greater Eurasia is a concept that originated in the Russian political discourse in 2015–2016. in the context of the geopolitical confrontation of Russia with the collective West – on the one hand, and on the other – a turn to the east in Russian foreign policy (primarily understood as deepening the strategic partnership with China), which in the end did not meet the expectations of Russian elites. Aware of the asymmetrical nature of the hypothetical Russian-Chinese alliance, the Russian elites put forward the idea of ​​creating the Greater Eurasia, or the Greater Eurasian Partnership, meaning under it the convergenceof various integration initiatives in the Eurasian space (EAEU, CIS, Belt and road, SCO) in the future open to EU accessions and any other interested parties. However, the analysis of these integration initiatives shows their multidirectional nature, which allows us to speak not about their convergence, but on the contrary – about divergence. This tendency was particularly evident in 2012–2013, when China was unable to implement a number of integration initiatives at the SCO site (including a free trade zone with the countries of Central Asia, the creation of the SCO Development Bank, the opening of the SCO special account, etc.) due to the blocking position of Russia, which at that time had already launched its Eurasian integration project (CU, CES, EAEU). In response, in 2013, China launched its own initiative, the Silk Road Economic Belt (later, One Belt – One Road), aimed at building cooperation with partner countries on a bilateral basis. This divergence manifested itself not only in Central Asia in 2012–2013, but also in Eastern Europe in 2014 (the Russian-Ukrainian conflict), where three integration initiatives compete today: the Eurasian (EAEU) and the European (Eastern Partnership) and Chinese (“Belt and road”).

Artyom Shraibman, political observer of TUT.BY, in his speech “The current fork in the Russian-Belarusian integration: causes and scenarios for overcoming” concluded that Belarus and Russia came to a historically important point in the audit of bilateral integration. The reasons for this lie both in the weakened Russian economy, its greater inclination to rely only on its capabilities, to reduce dependence on others, including allies, and to more actively distancing Minsk from a number of Moscow’s foreign policy decisions in recent years. Today’s revision will not end with the immediate collapse of the union project or its accelerated implementation. Most likely, we are moving along the rut of slow suverinization, the separation of the two countries from each other, which will be accompanied by ups and downs in an atmosphere of dialogue, possible emotional disputes. However, the vector of movement is obvious – two independent countries are gradually getting rid of those vestiges of the post-Soviet relationship matrix, which are less compatible with their sovereignty.

The report of Rosa Muratovna Turarbekova, candidate of historical sciences, senior lecturer of the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of International Relations of BSU, Director of the Center for Eurasian and European Studies, “Institutionalization of the EAEU: Belarusian-Russian disputes” refers to the genesis and evolution of the EAEU, which take place in difficult external economic and political conditions. Emphasis is placed on internal challenges that also worsen the climate of relations both within the Union and at the bilateral level.

A significant part of the report is devoted to the dispute that broke out at the end of 2018 – the beginning of 2019. The chronology of public disputes was considered in detail: from the discussion on December 6, 2018 to the sharp interview of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belarus M. Babich. The conclusions reached by the speaker are as follows: there is a problem of competition in two formats – the EAEU and the Union State. Relations between Belarus and Russia can be considered at several levels. At the bilateral level of the Union State and the level of the EAEU. The lack of clear boundaries between formats makes it difficult to analyze disputes only at one level, but it is obvious that a growing number of issues, areas, and competencies are becoming the subject of controversy. At the EAEU level, such a dispute may give impulse to further institutionalization, including the formal one. On the other hand, excessive tension within one level motivates to move to another in order to resolve disputes.

Vladimir Anatolievich Olenchenko, candidate of historical sciences, senior researcher at the Center for European Studies at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, noted in his report “The Role of the Digital Agenda in the Integration Processes in Eurasia” that the Greater Eurasia project is multifaceted and requires considerable effort for its implementation. At this stage, the key tool, applicable in almost all areas of the project, is the digital agenda. It refers to the digital transformation of the economy and social life. The digitization of the processes taking place in Greater Eurasia opens up opportunities for their deeper understanding, optimization and making timely decisions. The source of digitalization can and should be the EAEU. Its constituent countries have already engaged in digital transformation at the national level. Now the development and launching of a mechanism for their joint actions is becoming topical. The digital agenda of the EAEU will be one of the driving forces behind the unification processes in Greater Eurasia.

Political analyst Alexander Pavlovich Shpakovsky, director of the Information and educational institution “Actual Concept”, member of the Scientific Expert Group under the State Secretariat of the Security Council of the Republic of Belarus, in the report “Eurasian Integration and Relations with the European Union in the Foreign Policy System of the Republic of Belarus” focused on the need to study the conceptual foundationsof Belarusian foreign policy, in particular the multi-vector principle, as well as the statements of the top state officials about the role of Minsk in the integration processes. The peculiarity of the foreign policy of Belarus is that domestic diplomacy rejects the choice of “either – or”, that is, it offers its partners relations not “against”, but “for the sake of”, which allows to establish close ties with states that are mutually unfriendly or openly hostile each other, such as India and Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Armenia, Israel and the countries of the Arab world, etc.

At the same time, the Belarusian multi-vector policy in foreign policy is not situational balancing between the centers of power, but is a strict system of partnership relations of Belarus with different states and supranational blocs, where the Russian Federation is the most important strategic ally of Minsk.

At the present stage, the Union State of Russia and Belarus represents the most deeply developed integration format in the post-Soviet space, where, despite some disproportion of the union, Minsk enjoys greater independence in its relations with Moscow in comparison with most NATO countries in their relations with the United States. Further development of the Union State is possible through economic rapprochement, ensuring equal conditions for business entities, the implementation of a coherent agro-industrial policy. Otherwise, all proposals for deep integration in the form of a political superstructure, the allied authorities will be a bureaucratic fiction, devoid of practical meaning.

The Center for International Studies thanks the speakers for interesting informative presentations and all the participants in the round table for their active discussion.

4 April the Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University held an international round table on innovations in international studies “Greater Eurasia: Challenges and Opportunities”.

The event was attended by international scientists from Belarus, Russia, Poland, Germany, representatives of the academic and expert communities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Belarus, the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in the Republic of Belarus, the Embassy of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Belarus, the media of Belarus.

The following reports were held within the framework of the round table program.

Vladislav Valerievich Froltsov, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of International Relations of BSU, in his report “Formation of Greater Eurasia at the beginning of the 21st century: geopolitical challenges and geo-economic background”noted the following.

The emergence and actualization of the “Greater Eurasia” concept as a common economic and humanitarian space that is able to unite states with different political systems and economic models, historical and cultural traditions, is largely determined by the large-scale geopolitical challenges that these countries faced in the early 21st century. Among them, first of all, it is necessary to indicate an increasingly prominent manifestation of unilateralism in the foreign policy of the leading world powers, which leads to ignoring the interests of allies and partners and making decisions contrary to the basic principles of modern international law. Not less significant challenges were disintegration processes, which affected even stable and developed states, whose boundaries have not changed for centuries, as well as the spread of negative stereotypes about foreign policy interests and goals of other states, which has become comprehensive and global due to the development of mass media.

At the same time, important geo-economic factors, such as the need to move from a commodity to an innovative type of economy, relevant for most Eurasian countries, the relevance of new international transport corridors and means of communication, which can significantly speed up and reduce the price of interaction between leading centers of world trade in Europe and East Asia, influencethe rapprochement of the positions of the Eurasian statestoday.

Equal cultural dialogue, designed to overcome old stereotypes and misconceptions, is also of particular importance.

The Republic of Belarus, as an active participant in the Eurasian integration process, aims to bring a significant contribution to countering current challenges and is ready to share with the allies and partners all the tangible benefits that the implementation of the most promising trade, economic, infrastructure and humanitarian projects in the Greater Eurasia space will give.

Petr Sergeevich Petrovsky, Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, expert of the Regional public organization “Belaya Rus”, co-chairman of the Belarusian editorial board of the analytical portal “Eurasia. The expert”, in his presentation“Theoretical and methodological approaches of China, Russia and Turkey to the Eurasian integration processes”revealed the essence of the discussions around the integration models in Greater Eurasia among the academic community of three key countries: China, Russia and Turkey. The main feature of the discussions in three countries is the consideration of one’s own country as the dominant center of power and attraction in the Eurasian space.

It should be recognized that in China, Russia and Turkey, the task was to methodologically and valuably overcome self-isolation. This task has been completed. An example of the views of Zhang Wenmu, Ruan Wei, Vinokurov, Karaganov, Lisovolik, D. Perincek and A. Davotoglu illustrated the peculiarities of the discussions around Greater Eurasia in each of the countries. It is noted that, despite the awareness of the need for transcontinental integration, each state is infected with a complex of its own exclusiveness in its implementation. There is no understanding of the need for supranational integration tasks. There is no question of developing mechanisms for collective decision-making between the main actors of Greater Eurasia. All this testifies to the low level of elaboration of the ideas of integration in Greater Eurasia.

Sergey Anatolievich Kizima, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor, Head of the Department of International Relations at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Belarus, stressed in his speech “Global Governance: the role of China as an ally of Belarus” that the growth of China’s power in the international arena leads to a discussion of the situation to what extent will it participate in global governance? From the point of view of the author, China will soon become the leader, replacing the United States in this role. Although many representatives of elites are not eager for this role, considering the development of China’s economy as paramount, China will be forced to take this step against the background of constant aggressive statements and actions by the United States against Chinese national interests. The growth of China’s power will have a positive effect on Belarus as its closest ally.

Arseny Vladimirovich Sivitsky, Master of Philosophy, Director of the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies, in his report “Greater Eurasia: Interference (Convergence) or Divergence of Integrations?” settled on the following provisions.

Greater Eurasia is a concept that originated in the Russian political discourse in 2015–2016. in the context of the geopolitical confrontation of Russia with the collective West – on the one hand, and on the other – a turn to the east in Russian foreign policy (primarily understood as deepening the strategic partnership with China), which in the end did not meet the expectations of Russian elites. Aware of the asymmetrical nature of the hypothetical Russian-Chinese alliance, the Russian elites put forward the idea of ​​creating the Greater Eurasia, or the Greater Eurasian Partnership, meaning under it the convergenceof various integration initiatives in the Eurasian space (EAEU, CIS, Belt and road, SCO) in the future open to EU accessions and any other interested parties. However, the analysis of these integration initiatives shows their multidirectional nature, which allows us to speak not about their convergence, but on the contrary – about divergence. This tendency was particularly evident in 2012–2013, when China was unable to implement a number of integration initiatives at the SCO site (including a free trade zone with the countries of Central Asia, the creation of the SCO Development Bank, the opening of the SCO special account, etc.) due to the blocking position of Russia, which at that time had already launched its Eurasian integration project (CU, CES, EAEU). In response, in 2013, China launched its own initiative, the Silk Road Economic Belt (later, One Belt – One Road), aimed at building cooperation with partner countries on a bilateral basis. This divergence manifested itself not only in Central Asia in 2012–2013, but also in Eastern Europe in 2014 (the Russian-Ukrainian conflict), where three integration initiatives compete today: the Eurasian (EAEU) and the European (Eastern Partnership) and Chinese (“Belt and road”).

Artyom Shraibman, political observer of TUT.BY, in his speech “The current fork in the Russian-Belarusian integration: causes and scenarios for overcoming” concluded that Belarus and Russia came to a historically important point in the audit of bilateral integration. The reasons for this lie both in the weakened Russian economy, its greater inclination to rely only on its capabilities, to reduce dependence on others, including allies, and to more actively distancing Minsk from a number of Moscow’s foreign policy decisions in recent years. Today’s revision will not end with the immediate collapse of the union project or its accelerated implementation. Most likely, we are moving along the rut of slow suverinization, the separation of the two countries from each other, which will be accompanied by ups and downs in an atmosphere of dialogue, possible emotional disputes. However, the vector of movement is obvious – two independent countries are gradually getting rid of those vestiges of the post-Soviet relationship matrix, which are less compatible with their sovereignty.

The report of Rosa Muratovna Turarbekova, candidate of historical sciences, senior lecturer of the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of International Relations of BSU, Director of the Center for Eurasian and European Studies, “Institutionalization of the EAEU: Belarusian-Russian disputes” refers to the genesis and evolution of the EAEU, which take place in difficult external economic and political conditions. Emphasis is placed on internal challenges that also worsen the climate of relations both within the Union and at the bilateral level.

A significant part of the report is devoted to the dispute that broke out at the end of 2018 – the beginning of 2019. The chronology of public disputes was considered in detail: from the discussion on December 6, 2018 to the sharp interview of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belarus M. Babich. The conclusions reached by the speaker are as follows: there is a problem of competition in two formats – the EAEU and the Union State. Relations between Belarus and Russia can be considered at several levels. At the bilateral level of the Union State and the level of the EAEU. The lack of clear boundaries between formats makes it difficult to analyze disputes only at one level, but it is obvious that a growing number of issues, areas, and competencies are becoming the subject of controversy. At the EAEU level, such a dispute may give impulse to further institutionalization, including the formal one. On the other hand, excessive tension within one level motivates to move to another in order to resolve disputes.

Vladimir Anatolievich Olenchenko, candidate of historical sciences, senior researcher at the Center for European Studies at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, noted in his report “The Role of the Digital Agenda in the Integration Processes in Eurasia” that the Greater Eurasia project is multifaceted and requires considerable effort for its implementation. At this stage, the key tool, applicable in almost all areas of the project, is the digital agenda. It refers to the digital transformation of the economy and social life. The digitization of the processes taking place in Greater Eurasia opens up opportunities for their deeper understanding, optimization and making timely decisions. The source of digitalization can and should be the EAEU. Its constituent countries have already engaged in digital transformation at the national level. Now the development and launching of a mechanism for their joint actions is becoming topical. The digital agenda of the EAEU will be one of the driving forces behind the unification processes in Greater Eurasia.

Political analyst Alexander Pavlovich Shpakovsky, director of the Information and educational institution “Actual Concept”, member of the Scientific Expert Group under the State Secretariat of the Security Council of the Republic of Belarus, in the report “Eurasian Integration and Relations with the European Union in the Foreign Policy System of the Republic of Belarus” focused on the need to study the conceptual foundationsof Belarusian foreign policy, in particular the multi-vector principle, as well as the statements of the top state officials about the role of Minsk in the integration processes. The peculiarity of the foreign policy of Belarus is that domestic diplomacy rejects the choice of “either – or”, that is, it offers its partners relations not “against”, but “for the sake of”, which allows to establish close ties with states that are mutually unfriendly or openly hostile each other, such as India and Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Armenia, Israel and the countries of the Arab world, etc.

At the same time, the Belarusian multi-vector policy in foreign policy is not situational balancing between the centers of power, but is a strict system of partnership relations of Belarus with different states and supranational blocs, where the Russian Federation is the most important strategic ally of Minsk.

At the present stage, the Union State of Russia and Belarus represents the most deeply developed integration format in the post-Soviet space, where, despite some disproportion of the union, Minsk enjoys greater independence in its relations with Moscow in comparison with most NATO countries in their relations with the United States. Further development of the Union State is possible through economic rapprochement, ensuring equal conditions for business entities, the implementation of a coherent agro-industrial policy. Otherwise, all proposals for deep integration in the form of a political superstructure, the allied authorities will be a bureaucratic fiction, devoid of practical meaning.

The Center for International Studies thanks the speakers for interesting informative presentations and all the participants in the round table for their active discussion.

 


Dear Colleagues!

February 12–14, 2019 Alexander S. Goretsky, Head of the Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of the BSU, took part in an on-site expert session for Belarusian researchers on the topic “The Future of the Union State of Belarus and Russia: Economy, Security, Humanitarian Sphere” .

The event was organized by the Center for the History of Geopolitics of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus  and the Russian-Belarusian Expert Club with the support of the Union Standing Committee the state of Belarus and Russia (https://www.postkomsg.com/).

It should be noted that this format of expert cooperation in Russian-Belarusian relations was implemented for the first time. For the purpose of free exchange of opinions between analysts, expert sessions were held in the off the record format.

During the event, representatives of the Belarusian expert community visited leading "Analytic centers" of Russia, where they discussed proposals for the development of the Belarusian-Russian integration.

The dialogue took place at the sites of MGIMO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Institute of Europe, RAS, Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov, IMEMO named after E. M. Primakov of the Russian Academy of Sciences (https://www.imemo.ru/) with the participation of representatives of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, the Russian Council on International Affairs, PIR Center.

On the margins of the expert session, meetings were held with the dean of the Faculty of World Politics of the Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov, Academician of the RAS A. Kokoshin, Director of the Institute of Europe of the RAS, Corresponding Member. RAS A. Gromyko, Director, IMEMO RAS, Corresponding Member Of the Russian Academy of Sciences F.Voytolovskii, Vice-Rector of MGIMO on Scientific Work E.Kozhokin, Honorary Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy S. Karaganov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs magazine F. Lukyanov, Chairman of the PIR Center Board, Vice-President of the INF Committee, Lieutenant-General E. Buzhinsky and others.

According to the results of the event on February 14, 2019, at the meeting of analysts with the State Secretary of the Union State G. Rapota in the Standing Committee of the Union State the conclusions of expert discussions and relevant recommendations were presented. The meeting was attended by the media of the Union State, a teleconference was also organized with the National Press Center in Minsk.

More detailed information about the on-site expert session of Belarusian experts can be found on the information resources of the media of the Union State and the Internet portals of the participants at the event (Information and analytical portal of the Union state, The Official website of the Standing Committee of the Union stateThe Ministry of defence of the Republic of BelarusThe Russian-Belarusian expert clubSB-Belarus today, etc.).


Dear Colleagues!

December 17-18, 2018, Alexey Goretsky, Head of the Center for International Studies, Faculty of International Relations, BSU took part in the international conference held in Chisinau on the topic “Non-discrimination as one of the core values ​​of the modern society” in the delegation from the Republic of Belarus.

Representatives of the Supreme Court, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the National Center for Legislation and Legal Research (hereinafter referred to as the NCLLR) of the Republic of Belarus, as well as the Center for Human Rights of the Faculty of International Relations of the BSU also took part in the conference from the Republic of Belarus.

During the conference, certain areas of combating discrimination and ensuring equality in European countries, the particularities of protecting vulnerable groups (Roma) were discussed, and reports of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership initiative on these issues were presented.

The experience of legal regulation of counteracting discrimination and promoting equality in the Republic of Belarus was presented by the adviser-consultant of the department of constitutional law of the Department of Constitutional and International Law of the NCLLRV. Disko.

Following the conference, an exchange of viewson possible ways to enhance the protection of citizens' rights in the above areas took place.


Dear Colleagues!

November 1-2, 2018 the Head of the Center for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of BSU Alexey Goretsky took part in an international seminar on the topic “Rules and standards of international cooperation within the framework of the Belt and RoadInitiative (BRI)”, which was held in Xi'an City (Shaanxi Province, PRC).

This event was organized by the China Center for International Knowledge on Development (CIKD)of the Development Research Center under the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

The following issues were discussed:

  • the BRI and anti-corruption;
  • sustainable financing of the BRI;
  • the BRI and environmental protection;
  • the BRI and corporate social responsibility;
  • the BRI and international rules: approaches to the way forward.

More than 50 delegates from among politicians, diplomats, foreign experts, representatives of authority and government, international non-governmental organizations and public structures took part in the seminar.

 

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