COMPASS Policy Forums

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Minsk Dialogue Policy Forum: European Security: Stepping back from the Brink, 7th October 2019, Minsk, Belarus

The draft programme is available here. Further information is available on the Minsk Dialogue website.

2018 – 2019 Academic Year

London Forum, 28 January 2019

On 28 January, the GCRF COMPASS project organised its landmark event – the London Forum. This event brought together high-ranking academics, including Vice-Chancellors and PVCs, and practitioners from Belarus, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and UK Universities – Cambridge and Kent, to engage with UK government officials, policy-makers, funders and practitioners. The forum provided opportunities for networking, and exploring options for further cooperation on different levels of resilience-building – institutional, educational, community, economic, energy and security. The diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panellists provided an in-depth insight, as well as, actionable and practical tools for engagement. More information can be found here.

National Team Leaders share their reflections:

Prof Munira Shahidi, National Team Leader, TNU:   Artsiom Nazaranka, National Team Leader, BSU:
“As TNU team leader and professor in the Department of International Affairs, I was delighted to learn many things… Discussions in London Forum and FCO in particular opened for me new perspectives on research integration, as well as impact on governance and sustainable communities, in Tajikistan and wider. The most important realisation of all is that there is still curiosity and wish to understand and learn more about each other. I hope the Forum on intercultural communication in Tajikistan, which is planned in Dushanbe in 2020, will continue in that lively and open format”.   London Policy Forum, including the FCO was a great success too given level of participants and quality of discussions. It clearly brought right people from the right backgrounds in the right place and the right time! Special thanks for the level of Parliament involvement – simply great! – and for amount of opportunities for informal networking – cannot be overestimated! I’m particularly happy that London Forum was extended to also include visits of BSU Rector Professor Andrei Karol to our partner universities – Cambridge and Kent – to discuss details of further opportunities for cooperation. And while in Kent, a new Erasmus+ exchange agreement with Kent was signed! A huge success!”
Prof Sherzod Abdullaev, National Team Leader, UWED:    
On behalf of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the University of Kent, the University of Cambridge and all our partners in the COMPASS project for organising these fabulous events in Brussels and London. Even though, I could not take part in these special events due to my other prior commitments, I can sincerely assure you that I was with you in my spirit and thought. Our team members who visited Brussels and London underlined a great success of the held sessions in all possible respects”.    


1st Regional Policy Forum – Minsk Dialogue ‘In Search of Security for All’, 23 – 25 May 2018

Baroness Suttie Keynote speech a Minsk Dialogue Forum
COMPASS team and Advisory Board members at Minsk Dialogue

COMPASS also supported the Minsk Dialogue policy forum through a reception and participation of partner team members in a number of panel and break-out sessions as well as a keynote address by Baronnes Suttie, member of the House of Lords and the COMPASS Advisory Board. One of the core activities of the project is to maximise policy impact at regional and international levels and the forum attracted over 600 experts and policy-makers from 50 different countries. The Minsk Dialogue was opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Makei, and was attended by President Lukashenko, and major Ministers, and EU policy-makers. The project’s PI, Professor Korosteleva, was interviewed for a Prime Time National TV channel, of which an excerpt is available here.