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Yauheni Preiherman

Director of the Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations

YGLN Membership Belarus

Yauheni Preiherman is the Founder and Director of the Minsk Dialogue Council on International Relations.

His main research interests include the foreign policies of small states, international affairs in Eastern Europe, and Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security.

Yauheni is a regular contributor to the Eurasia Daily Monitor by the Jamestown Foundation (USA), Valdai Discussion Club (Russia), Global Brief (Canada) and other Belarusian and international publications. His articles and comments have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Kommersant, Vedomosti, El Pais, Politico, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Huffington Post, The Moscow Times, and other publications.

He is a member of several professional and alumni networks, including the Cooperative Security Initiative, Chevening alumni network, and the British International Studies Association (BISA). He is also an Advisory Board member at the International Institute for Peace (Austria).

Yauheni holds a BA in International Relations from the Belarusian State University, an MA in European Politics from Sussex University (UK), and a PhD in Politics and International Studies from Warwick University (UK). His PhD thesis dealt with foreign policy strategies of small states that sit in-between centres of geopolitical gravity and have asymmetric relations with them. Preiherman developed an innovative theoretical model of foreign policy hedging and an explanation of its sources and limitations for small in-between states.

Content by Yauheni Preiherman


Designing a new Cold War of our preference: A catch-22 problem

Responding to a recent commentary by ELN Director Sir Adam Thomson, Yahueni Preiherman, co-chair of the YGLN, argues that using the language of a new “Cold War” is unhelpful in understanding current and evolving geopolitical tensions. Instead, he argues that the current Russia-West China-US tensions are less the result of an ideological clash and more reflect an adversarial security dilemna.

29 March 2023 | Yauheni Preiherman

East-West Coffee Shop: Belarus

In the first episode of the East-West Coffee Shop podcast, European Leadership Network (ELN) Policy Fellow Ben Challis sits down with Yauheni Preiherman and Katia Glod to discuss the developing situation in Belarus following the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been described as the last dictator in Europe.

23 September 2020 | Ben Challis, Yauheni Preiherman and Katia Glod