What we do

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The Institute focuses its activities on the following key lines:

1. Research in four target areas

Human Capital

This research field is about analyzing Belarus’ human capital quality in different sectors. The studies focus on the efficiency of investment in education and human capital. We look into human capital impact on labor productivity in Belarus and analyze how scientific research and innovation development are organized. The studies also centre on the structure of university education and vocational training, the degree to which Belarusian science is integrated into the world academic market; competitiveness of Belarus’ human capital and labor migration issues.

Social Contract

The 2008–2009 BISS research revealed the terms that guarantee acceptance of the current regime in the Belarusian society and make part of an implicit social contract between the government and citizens. Since then the society and the government have lived though a deep political and economic crisis, which among other things has had an impact on the unofficial social contract. In 2013 BISS proceeded with this research, basing on opinion poll findings and focus group interviews, which gives an insight into the social contract trends over time.

Modernization and Institutional Change

Research in this field focuses on reforms in economic regulation, importing best practices from different countries and regions and reforms in other areas. During the first six months of 2013 we are going to give a detailed analysis of direct foreign investment in Belarus, offering recommendations on how to increase the country’s investment attractiveness. We are going to give particular attention to improving human capital quality among government officials.

International Relations and Transnationalization

    Belarus as Part of Eurasian Integration

Research in this field deals with the effects of integration processes on Belarusian politics, economy and society. We also study what influence Belarus has on setting general rules by which all Eurasian integration parties play. The main dimensions here are the institutional structure of Eurasian integration, new rules for Belarusian business, transnationalization of Belarusian economy and politics, as well as every aspect of Belarus – Russia relations and their development.

     EU – Belarus

This research area centers on different aspects of the EU – Belarus relations. We look into opportunities open to the EU concerning modernization of Belarus and seek solutions how to finish the confrontation and get the EU – Belarus relations back to normal. We also give recommendations how to strengthen the EU – Belarus relations in the area of people-to people contacts.

 Belarus’s relationship with developing nations

This research area studies the place and role of Belarus’s relationship with developing nations in the country’s foreign policy effort, peculiarities of this relationship and possible development scenarios. Belarus’s policy on the developing world is also regarded as an important component of the campaign aimed to offset the imbalance of power in the relationship with Russia on the one hand and overcome the international isolation of Belarus on the other hand.

2. Publication of monitoring and analytical reports

Belarus Foreign Policy Index

This bimonthly analytical report assesses major trends in Belarusian foreign policy. The Index covers five foreign policy dimensions, namely the relations with the EU, Russia, China, Ukraine and some developing countries and makes predictions how the basic foreign policy areas are going to develop.   

BISS Political Media Barometer

Quarterly monitoring report of Belarusian political forces’ communications to the society, based on the analysis of political actors’ representation in the Belarusian media.

BISS Polling memo

Quarterly analysis of the most essential trends in public opinion in Belarus, based on the findings of opinion polls.

Eurasian Review

Quarterly analysis which presents the findings of the analysis of Eurasian integration processes.

BISS-Trends

Biannual monitoring, which includes an analysis of basic trends in Belarusian society in such spheres as political democratisation, economic liberalisation, government quality and rule of law, relations with Russia and the EU, and culture.

Belarus Yearbook

It is a long-term joint project of the Belarusian and international expert community. The Yearbook is an annual publication which offers a comprehensive analysis of the situation in the major segments of the Belarusian state and society.

3. Moderating expert roundtables and conferences bringing together representatives of analytical community, civil society, political elite, interest groups, and international experts, on issues related to the political, economic, and social development of Belarus.