Minsk Forum

The Minsk Forum is one of the most important platforms for political, economic and social dialogue between Belarus and Germany.

Minsk Forum XX

Belarus and the War: How Firm is Russia’s Grip?

This year’s Minsk Forum is taking place for the twentieth time. The main event is organised by the German-Belarusian Society in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and will be held in Berlin on 1 December 2022.

The Minsk Forum is fully booked.

Unfortunately, no live stream is possible. The recording will be posted online as soon as possible.


9:00 Arrival, registration & welcome coffee

The event is moderated by Dr. Christian F. Trippe, Deputy Chair of the Board, German-Belarusian Society

10:00 Welcome addresses

Dr. Sabine Fandrych, Secretary General, Friedrich Ebert Foundation Berlin
Dr. Hanna Stähle, Chair of the Board, German-Belarusian Society

10:10 Keynotes

Dr. Tobias Lindner, Minister of State, Foreign Ministry of Germany
Valery Kavaleusky, Representative for Foreign Affairs in the United Transitional Cabinet of Belarus

11:00 I. Panel| Politics

Germany and Europe at the Side of Belarus: Roadmap for Further Support of the Democracy Movement

Knut Abraham, MdB CDU, Member of the German Parliament
Dr. Nils Schmid, MdB SPD, Member of the German Parliament
Moderated by Katsiaryna Kryzhanouskaya, Deutsche Welle, Belarus-Team

12:30 Lunch

13:45 II. Panel| Economics

Current State of the Economy in Belarus, Impact of Sanctions and Prospects for Development

Robert Kirchner, Senior Advisor and Deputy Team Leader at the German Economic Team
Sierz Naurodski, Representative in Baltic countries, ABBA
Dr. Lev Lvovskiy, Research Fellow, BEROC
Yulia Miadzvetskaya, doctoral researcher, University of Tübingen
Moderated by Stefan Kägebein, Regional Director Eastern Europe, German Eastern Business Association

15:15 Coffee break

15:45 III. Panel| Society

Understanding Belarus – Belarusian Identity, incl. Presentation of a New Study

Philipp Bikanau, Independent Sociologist, Presentation of study
Henadz Korshunau, Senior Analyst at the Center for New Ideas
Andrei Kazakevich, Director, Institute for Political Studies “Political Sphere”
Maryia Rohava, Independent Researcher specialising in Belarusian area studies
Natallia Vasilevich, Theologian, moderator of Christian Vision for Belarus
Moderated by Zmicer Lukashuk, Editor at the Euroradio broadcast, author and moderator of the programme on national identity “Idea X”

17:30 Closing Remarks

The Future of German-Belarusian Relations: 20 years Minsk Forum
Prof. Dr. Rainer Lindner, Founder of the Minsk Forum, Member of the Advisory Board of the German-Belarusian Society
The Future of Belarus in Europe
Alina Koushyk, Transitional Cabinet of Belarus, Representative for National Revival

18:00 Get Together

What is the Minsk Forum about?

The Minsk Forum is an annual international conference focusing on analysing and discussing political, economic and social issues in Belarus and its neighbouring countries. Since 1997, the Minsk Forum has been building bridges between Belarus, Germany and the EU as well as within the Belarusian society. It has become the largest dialogue event focusing on Belarus.

The main organiser is the German-Belarusian Society. The Forum was founded by Prof. Dr. Rainer Lindner, who was Chair of the Board of the German-Belarusian Society from 2000 to 2019 and is now Member of the Advisory Board. The Minsk Forum is conceived and implemented together with German, Belarusian and European partners.

Cooperation partners and supporters

Cooperation partners are Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, Working Group Belarus, RAZAM, the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS), Belarus in Focus, Belarusian Youth Hub, Civil Society Cooperation, Euroradio, Free Belarus Center, Imaguru, “Country to live in” Foundation.

The Minsk Forum is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The event is fully booked.