Editorial Foreword

Belarusian Yearbook 2022 presents a comprehensive analysis of developments in the key segments of the state and society in the year 2021, which served as a transition from the political crisis of 2020 in Belarus toward the global security crisis of 2022 in the region. The forced landing of the Ryanair aircraft at the Minsk airport and artificial migration crisis on the border with Poland and Lithuania, the de facto war with civil society and “foreign trade miracle”, the regime’s counterrevolution and social polarization, relocation of social activists and business — these are the factors that shaped the sociopolitical agenda of the period under review.

Main trends of the year:

Since 2003, the Belarusian Yearbook project has evolved as a joint endeavor of the Belarusian expert community to compile, conceptualize, and deliver a chronicle of Belarus’s contemporary history. Contributing to Belarusian Yearbook 2022 were independent analysts and experts, as well as specialists representing various think tanks, including Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS), Center for New Ideas, Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC), Belarusian Institute for Public Administration Reform and Transformation (BIPART), School of Young Managers in Public Administration (SYMPA), Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies, Ostrogorski Centre, Belarus Security Blog analytical project, Institute of International Relations (Warsaw, Poland), European Humanities University (Vilnius), Agency for Social and Political Expert Appraisal (Vilnius), Ejednevnik newspaper (ej.by) and the website of the expert community of Belarus Nashe Mnenie (“Our Opinion”).