Venue: Zoom

Format: Virtual panel discussion

Working language: English

Organizers: Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations (Belarus) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS Belarus) (Germany)

The pandemic disruption is not likely to change our world altogether, but it will clearly have profound geopolitical implications, including for international security. In order to understand those possible implications, the Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations and KAS Belarus are launching a series of virtual panels that will zoom in on strategic dilemmas facing key pillars of international security in the post-corona world.

The inaugural online event will look at the United States:

  • What specific security and geopolitical circumstances does the U.S. find itself in at the time of the pandemic disruption? 
  • What major security policy dilemmas is the U.S. facing now and is likely to face as the Covid-19 crisis is over?
  • How will the pandemic and its longer-term effects impact the American status and role in the international system?
  • What strategic implications will the (non)changing U.S. role in the world have for Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security?

Please join us for this online panel, which will be live-streamed at the Minsk Dialogue’s YouTube channel. To ask a question before or during the event, please use the YouTube chat, which will be available during the event.


LTG (Ret.) Ben Hodges

Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA); former Commanding General of US Army Europe, USA

Dr. Mikhail Troitskiy

Dean, MGIMO School of Government and International Affairs, Russia

Mr. Paul Linnarz

Director Country Office USA, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Germany

Dr. Andrei Kazakevich

Director, Institute of Political Studies “Political Sphere”, Belarus


Mr. Jakob Wöllenstein

Director Country Office Belarus, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Germany

Mr. Yauheni Preiherman

Director, Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations, Belarus