On November, 11, 2010, Foreign Policy and Security Research center conducted a joint Round-Table Conference in Minsk with the Institute of International Studies at the University of Wroclaw entitled “Belarus - Poland: two decades of international relations”.
It is symbolic that the Round-Table Conference was held in the Polish Independence Day. Topics for discussion were:Belarusinthe Polish Eastern policy, the meaning of the Eastern Partnership for contemporary Polish-Belarusian relations, experiences, problems and prospects of Belarus' participation in the Eastern Partnership, the historical aspects of the Belarusian-Polish cooperation.
Prof. Dr. Walenty Baluk, Institute of International Studies at the University of Wroclaw, said that "realistically, sober-minded politicians understand that it is necessary for the development of Poland to cooperate not just with Western neighbors but also with Eastern. They understand that the development of relations should not dependonly on the internal situation in one country or another." According to Mr. Baluk, «it is well, that the Polish Foreign Ministry began intensive cooperation with the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. Let us recall Alexander Kwaśniewski, who spoke with Leonid Kuchma, despite the fact that one was called "Eastern European Dictator”, because he understoodthe importance of Ukraine for the security of Central and Eastern European region." The president of Poland Bronisław Komorowski should not hesitate, following the example of Mr. Kwaśniewski, to meet with President of Belarus. It is important to promote dialogue, even if we disagree with each other and do not come to a consensus." Mr. Baluk gave his assessment of the recent interview of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to the leading Polish media: "I personally liked the fact that the president answered questions. Even if he disagrees and has another point of view, he just answered questions. This is a sign of openness of the government. I think this is the right direction. "
Associated Professor, PhD Andrei Rusakovich, Chief Executive Officer of the Foreign Policy and Security Research, noted that it was not the first conference on the problems of the Belarusian-Polish relations. According to him, "even in spite of complications in bilateral political relations between countries contacts at the academic level were not interrupted”. Belarus is located between two geopolitical entities - Russia and the European Union, but, according to Mr. Rusakovich, «Belarus is not only a separation line, but also a unification center between Europe and Russia. Moscow-Brussels (including Warsaw) competition for influence in Belarus is definitely present, and Russia is currently “winning". But this fact should not prevent the strengthening of positions of the European Union in Belarus."
The conference proceedings will be produced and published after the conference.