This volume is a sypsis of various perspectives as well as a trans-boundary and interdisciplinary analysis of the Belarusian model. It is the result of a dialogue among authors who, for various reasons, take a supportive or critical approach towards the present regime. Their views are supplemented by contributions written by authors from neighboring countries. The findings support the thesis that Belarusian society, ecomy and the political system have begun to adapt to the new challenges the country faces. This study marks an important step forward in the analysis of the intractable Belarusian model and helps to identify its unique and ephemeral features.
The Editors: Hans-Georg Heinrich is Professor emeritus at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna (Austria), and Vice President of the International Center for Advanced and Comparative EU-Russia/NIS Research (ICEUR-Vienna). He has authored and edited several books on post-Soviet politics and served in field presences of international organizations in various transition countries. Ludmilla Lobova is an ethnologist and political scientist with a track record in post-Soviet research. She is Scientific Director of ICEUR-Vienna.