The Belarus Dilemma: For Minsk and the West

January 31, 2019 - 9:00 am

Welcome Remarks


Ambassador John Herbst

Director, Eurasia Center

Atlantic Council


Panel Discussion with:


General Benjamin Hodges

Lieutenant General (Retired)

US Army Europe;

Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies

Center for European Policy Analysis


Dr. Oleg Kravchenko

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Republic of Belarus


Ambassador Alexander Vershbow

Distinguished Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative; Scowcroft Center for Strategy Security

Atlantic Council


Dr. Celeste Wallander

President and CEO

US-Russia Foundation


Moderated by:


Dr. Michael Carpenter

Senior Director

Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement;

Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center

Atlantic Council


Please join the Atlantic Council for an event entitled The Belarus Dilemma: For Minsk and the West, on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators, Washington, DC 20005).


Strategically located between Europe and Russia, Belarus has leaned largely toward Moscow, but at the same time has maintained a good relationship with Ukraine and has sought at least some improvement in a relationship with the West. The growing tensions between Minsk and Moscow, caused by the disputes over imports and gas supplies and Belarus’ rejection to establish a Russian air base in its territory, gives Minsk additional incentives to bolster a tie with the West.


At this event, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center will host a panel discussion, which will explore the elements and challenges of Belarusian security and its implications for NATO and Russia.


We hope you can join us for this informative discussion.


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