MINSK, 11 December (BelTA) – Small and medium-sized states are becoming more effective in international relations, Founder and Director of the Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations Yevgeny Preigerman said as he addressed the meeting of the Expert Community project in BelTA's press center on 11 December.
Yevgeny Preigerman emphasized the increasing role of small and medium-sized states, including Belarus, in international relations. “It can be seen by the example of many such countries. They are becoming more effective despite being weak in comparison with political giants. There are numerous theories that explain this asymmetry,” the political scientist said.
Simply put, this phenomenon can be explained like this: “When there is nowhere to retreat and when there is nothing to lose, you will do everything to defend the most valuable things you have,” said Yevgeny Preigerman.
As for Belarus, a large number of analytical reports show that the country has received an increased international attention. More than a dozen of them have been published over the year. It is important for the Belarusian analytical community to establish more productive contacts with foreign colleagues. Even the neighboring countries have few experts who fully understand the processes taking place in the country. According to Yevgeny Preigerman, progress in this area has already been made. He cited cooperation between Belarusian and Polish analysts as an example. They use various formats to discuss bilateral relations and look at the international relations from the same angle. Recent publications about Poland's possibilities to develop relations with Belarus have been an attempt to understand its objective interests. “This is an indicator of progress. Although we still have a lot to do in the future,” the expert said.More about Politics