10.00-11.00 Opening of the Congress, greeting speeches of the organizers and partners: Organizing Committee, Vytautas Magnus University, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Lithuanian Institute of History, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and others
11.30-13.00 Plenary discussion: What kind of future there can be for Belarus? Challenges and possibilities in the contemporary situation
The political crisis of 2020 led to irreversible changes in Belarusian society, which affected almost all spheres of life - from politics and economics, to science, art and culture. The process of profound change is far from over and political institutions, government and society are only at the beginning of the search for a new balance.
Over the past year, there has been no deficit in either optimistic or pessimistic forecasts for the country's development. At the same time, different political forces understand very differently what is "good"
for the country. The proposed panel will try to prove the questions: What can be the future of Belarus, what changes can be considered inevitable? How political, social and economic institutions can be
reformed? If reforms can happen, under what conditions and how?
Natallia Rabava. SYMPA
Paviel Danejka. Director, BEROC
Andrej Kazakievič. Director, Institute Political Sphere; chief organizer, International Congress of Belarusian Studies
Alvydas Nikžentaitis. Director, Lithuanian Institute of History