Anatoly Pankovski

Doctor of Philosophy; editor of the Nashe Mnenie project (, editor and compiler of the Belarusian Yearbook. Academic interests: history of political ideas, political theory, transformation of post-Soviet institutions, political communication, dynamics of scientific and expert communities.

Valeria Kostyugova

Political analyst, coordinator of the Nashe Mnenie project (, editor and compiler of the Belarusian Yearbook. Interests: Belarusian-Russian relations, political and socioeconomic development of the post-Soviet countries.

Nikolai Burov

MA in Political Science (Belarusian State University, Minsk). Specializes in political transformations in the post-Soviet countries.

Polina Makarova

MA in Public Administration. Research interests: public administration reforms, assessment of the effectiveness of public institutions, human resource management in public service.

Andrei Porotnikov

Head of the Belarus Security Blog analytical project; board. Research interests: domestic policy and national security of Belarus, international and regional security, climate change.

Andrei Kazakevich

Doctor of Political Science, director of the Institute for Political Studies Palityčnaja Sfiera (“Political Sphere”), editor-in-chief of the magazine Palityčnaja Sfiera (, senior research fellow at Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania). Research interests: Belarusian and Eastern European policies, history of political ideas, judicial government.

Dmitry Kukhlei

MA in Political Science and International Economics, graduate of the Bialystok School of Public Administration (Bialystok, 2006) and the East European School of Political Studies of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, 2009). Research interests: political institutions, local and representative authorities, regional policy.

Denis Melyantsou

MA in Political Science; majored in international relations and diplomacy. Coordinator of the Foreign Policy of Belarus program of the Minsk Dialogue expert initiative. Academic interests: foreign policy of Belarus, Belarus – EU and Belarus – U.S. relations, national and international security.

Gennady Maksak

Head of the Ukrainian Prism Foreign Policy Council, head of the Public Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, coordinator of the Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. Academic interests: geopolitics, political regionalistics.

Anna Maria Dyner

Political analyst, head of Eastern Europe Programme of the Institute of International Affairs (Warsaw, Poland). Academic interests: international relations, Eastern European policy (Belarus, Russia).

Andrei Fyodorov

PhD in Physics and Mathematics, independent expert in international and foreign policy and security.

Sergei Bogdan

PhD in Political Science, guest analyst at the Ostrogorski Center. Academic interests: foreign policy of Belarus, Belarus’ cooperation with countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, politics in the Near East and Central Asia, military industrial sector.

Vadim Mozheyko

PhD in Culture, analyst at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS, Lithuania), member of the Council of the Public Association Liberal Club Discussion and Analytical Society (Minsk), ambassador of the Press Club Belarus. Research interests: mild Belarusization, information security, cultural diplomacy, cultural studies, public administration.

Elena Artiomenko

Bachelor of Social and Political Philosophy (European Humanities University, Lithuania), specialist in information and communication (Belarusian State University), MA in sociology (Belarusian State University). Research interests: public opinion, social contracts (welfare, approval rating of the authorities), geopolitical orientation of the population, technical assistance of the European Union, human capital (education, labor market), migration, demography, media impact on the audience.

Vladimir Dounaev

Ph.D. in Philosophy, co-founder of the Agency for Social and Political Expert Appraisal (Vilnius, Lithuania), member of the Public Bologna Committee. One of the creators and first pro-rector of the European Humanities university (1992–2008). Academic interests: history of philosophy, regional policy, reforms in higher education.

Andrei Lavrukhin

PhD in Philosophy, associate professor at the Department of Sociology of the St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia). Academic interests: educational, scientific and technical policies, theory and practice of innovations.

Alexander Shramko

Orthodox priest, journalist. Academic interests: Christian denominations, Church and society, human rights, everyday life of the Church.

Andrei Vitushka

MD, MA in Political Science, physician. Interests: healthcare policy, social problems in healthcare, bioethics.

Maxim Zhbankov

Ph.D. in Philosophy, expert in culture studies, journalist, film analyst, author of No Style. Belarusian Culture between Woodstock and Dažynki. Interests: transformation of post-Soviet culture, cinema, industry of culture.

Andrei Vardomatsky

PhD in Sociology and Philosophy, head of the NOVAK Axiometrical Research Laboratory (Minsk, Belarus), Belarusian Analytical Workshop (Warsaw, Poland), Member of WAPOR and ESOMAR international organizations of sociologists, author of more than sixty scientific works, including the books The System of Moral Regulation of Individual Behavior (1987) and Axiometry: The Science of Measuring Values (1992).

Natalia Ryabova

Sociologist, philosopher, MA in business administration, head of the School of Young Managers in Public Administration (SYMPA), which hosts the Belarusian Institute for Public Administration Reform and Transformation (BIPART). Academic interests: public administration, e-government, social psychology.

Dmitry Kruk

MA in Economics, economist at the Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Centre (BEROC, Minsk). Academic interests: economic growth, monetary policy, financial and credit systems, transitional economies.

Alexander Mukha

Analyst of Academic interests: macroeconomics, financial markets, monetary policy, state finances, international ratings, economic integration, foreign investments, econometrics, multivariate statistical analysis.

Vladimir Akulich

Ph.D. in Economics, associate professor, Academic director of the Macroeconomic Research Center (Macrocenter). Research interests: macroeconomic modeling, data analysis.

Alexander Avtushko-Sikorski

MA in Political Science (EHU, Lithuania; Central European University, Hungary), analyst for the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (Lithuania). Research interests: democratization of autocratic regimes, political economy of oil and gas, political economy of autocratic regimes, institutional transformations, economic regulation systems.

Maria Akulova

MA in Economics, economist at the Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC, Minsk). Academic interests: investments, privatization, labor markets, gender aspects of economics, small and medium businesses.

Olga Loyko

Economist, chief editor of political and economic news at Interests: development of transitional economies, investments, real sector.