The Jamestown Foundation’s Special Project, “The Growing Importance of Belarus on NATO’s Eastern Flank,” examines the evolving nature of Minsk’s increasing engagement with the West, analyzes the Belarusian-Russian bilateral relationship, as well as evaluates the level of Belarusian national identity and state sovereignty and their implications for the transatlantic alliance. This project will result in the publication of a series of papers and then a final report resulting from two workshops on Belarus that will be held in Washington, DC, with the participation of regional experts from Europe, the United States and Belarus.
Executive Summary At least three trends will define the future of Belarus until 2025. The role of the state in the economy will continue to decrease. Belarusian foreign policy will continue to become more sovereign. And, unless he drops his widely announced plans, President Alyaksandr... MORE