BISS Team

  • Vitali Silitski

    Vitali Silitski Graduated from the Belarusian State University (department of Philosophy and Economy, program in Sociology) in 1994. He holds M.A. in Politics (Central European University, Hungary) and Ph.d. in Political Science (Rutgers University). In 1999-2003, he worked as associate professor at the European Humanities Univerisity in Minsk, a position he lost when the university administration took orders from the authorities to punish him for publicly criticizing the government of President Lukashenka. Afterwards he was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (Washington D.C.) and visiting scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (Stanford University). He authored ‘Postponed Freedom: Post-Communist Authoritarianism in Serbia and Belarus’ (in Belarusian, published at ARCHE magazine in 2002) and Historical Dictionary of Belarus (with Jan Zaprudnik, Scarecrow Press, 2007). He also authored over 100 pubications on the issues of democratization and authoritarianism in the former USSR, electoral revolutions and preemptive authoritarianism, politics of economic reforms, EU relations with Belarus, Belarus-Russia integration, etc. In 2007, he was appointed director of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies.

    Vitali Silitski passed away on June 11, 2011.

  • Piotr Rudkouski

    BISS Director. He received his MA from Jagiellonian University (Krakow) and PhD from Warsaw University, both in humanities. In 2007 - 2012 he lectured at European Humanities University (Vilnius) and in 2012 - 2016 at Lazarski University (Warsaw). Besides, he has been a guest lecturer at Jagiellonian University, Warsaw University, Wroclaw University, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Bialystok University, St. Thomas College in Kiev, and Belarusian College in Minsk.

    In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at Southwestern College in Winfield, USA. He was twice a research fellow of the Institute of Civic Space and Public Policy (Warsaw), within which he headed the Belarusian Centre. Dr. Rudkouski is author of four books and around 70 articles, mainly focusing on Belarusian identity issues, the political potential of churches in Belarus, the Belarusian state ideology, and the methodology of social sciences. In April, 2013, he received the Polish Lew Sapieha Award, one of the most prestigious in the region, "for outstanding merits in shaping and developing civil society in Belarus and bringing Belarus closer to Europe".