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  • Why is the planned economy in Belarus not going to "retire"?


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  • Soft Belarusianisation. The ideology of Belarus in the era of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict


    Over the past three years, a distinct change has become visible in the ideological discourse of the government of Belarus. To an increasing degree, the state ideology is focusing on strengthening national identity, emphasising the divergence of Belarus’s interests from those of Russia, and re-examining the historical narration in a direction which emphasises the distinctiveness of the history of Belarus from that of Russia. ...
  • Elections–2015: An illusion of unity before reforms start?


    The elections turned out to be remarkably predictable for most observers. Lukashenka won 83.5% of the vote, whereas his rivals managed less than 5% each. The “against everyone” candidate came second, and Tacciana Karatkievič was ranked third. ...
  • Same Old, Same Old? Belarus Votes


    BISS senior analyst Dzianis Melyantsou together with a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment and project director at Pact Balazs Jarabik prepared an article that analyses the presidential elections in Belarus. The article was first published on the Carnegie Moscow Center web-site. ...
  • BISS becomes top-ranked Belarusian think tank


    The Belarusian Research Council has presented the results of the first ranking of Belarusian think tanks. The top three spots are the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, IPM Research Center, and Our Opinion “Nashe Mnenie” expert community. Of the twelve rated agencies, they showed the best results in terms of technical and methodological capacity, informational coverage, and volume and quality of research and analysis. ...
  • Freedom House “Nations in Transit 2013” report on Belarus released


    The Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies contributed to the Freedom House “Nations in Transit” project for the fifth year in a row. This year the report on Belarus was co-authored by  the  BISS analysts Elena Artsiomenka,  Aliaksandr Autushka-Sikorski,  Siarhei Bohdan,  Dzianis Melyantsou,  Alexei Pikulik, and  Andrei Yeliseyeu. ...