Venue: Live online (in Zoom)

Format: Virtual panel discussion

Working languages: English and Russian

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.

This online event will look at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation:

  • What specific security and geopolitical circumstances does the SCO find itself in at the time of the pandemic disruption? 
  • What major security policy dilemmas is the SCO 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 SCO’s status and role in the international system? 
  • What strategic implications will the (non)changing SCO’s role in the world have for Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security?

Please join us for this online panel, which will be held via Zoom. To ask a question, please use the chat, which will be available during the event. Registration is required to join the Zoom session.

Please use the following link to register for the event:

Simultaneous interpretation into Russian will be provided in Zoom.


Dr. Zhang Xin

Associate Professor, School of Advanced International and Area Studies; Deputy Director, Centre for Russian Studies, East China Normal University, China

Dr. Akram Umarov

Senior Research Fellow, University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Uzbekistan

Dr. Gregor Ryssel

Desk Officer for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia/East Timor, Malaysia, Mongolia, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Germany

Dr. Vasily Kashin

Senior Research Fellow, National Research University – Higher School of Economics; Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Mr. David Merkle (TBC)

Desk Officer for China, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Germany


Mr. Jakob Wöllenstein

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

Mr. Yauheni Preiherman

Director, Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations, Belarus