Belarus Democracy Advocates at Wartburg

Three dignitaries active in countering the Belarus government, which has come under fire for human rights and electoral abuses, delivered their talks at Wartburg College Thursday, Jan. 16.

David Swartz, the first U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Belarus, has been the featured speaker at the Michaelson, Briner, and Kildahl Literary Symposium today, Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m., in McCaskey Lyceum. His talk, Diplomacy: Values, Assumptions, Sensitivities, offered observations and revelations from his 29-year career in foreign services with special attention to the role of the humanities in that work.Other featured guests included Stanislau Shushkevich, the first democratically elected president of Belarus and one of three signees for the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and Ivonka Survilla, president of the Belarusian National Republic, the Belarusian government in exile.

Swartz, Shushkevich, and Survilla also participated in a panel discussion on Disengaging East-Central Europe from the East: European Security and North American Interests The Belarus Model at 4 p.m. in McCaskey Lyceum.

Both events were free and open to the public.

Video recording of the event:

David Swartz’ talk  Diplomacy: Values, Assumptions, Sensitivities

Panel Discussion Disengaging East-Central Europe from the East: European Security and North American Interests The Belarus Model

Maria Paula Survilla’s Interview on Significance of Belarus for the U.S. audience

 

 

 

 

 

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