On August 10, 2020, at the BISR site, a round table the "Future Trends" with foreign observers of exit polls from Ukraine, Moldova, Sweden was held, where the issues of identity formation and the contours of the coming world order in the post-pandemic era were discussed in the Chatham House format.
The participants of the expert discussion pointed out that the transformations currently taking place in the world (IV Industrial revolution, coronavirus pandemic, etc.) are fundamentally altering the humanity.
The competition between the major international players is increasing at the global level, as well as the uniting of the other actors around local centers of power: “three fault lines will pass through Belarus". In this regard, many countries face the need to find the best solution on how to fit into this emerging trend: “For the next 5-10 years the main task of is to form relations in the region against the background of the split, which is already delineated".
The pursuit of justice becomes the key driving force of the social development begins, which is one of the factors of increasing protest activity in different regions of the planet. In this regard, "a new social wave must be taken seriously, it is necessary to understand the reasons for the protests and to adjust public policy". Recent protests in Belarus and other countries may be seen as an attempt of a "new bourgeois revolution": “The bourgeoisie is a social stratum, conscious of their rights and the only class that understands the need for democracy. One of its main slogans is justice, and the youth are its striking force".
According to forum participants, these global trends have not bypassed our country, including due to a significant level of human capital: "The Belarusian society is highly developed, highly technological, it includes many experts in the field of information technology.
However, the population feels the need to expand the access to information". Besides, a general interest of the mass media and foreign experts, partners of BISR, to the election campaign in 2020 and the program theses of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is observed.