Summary of discussion “Nation-building and modernity. 2015”.
Topic: “The strategy of development of the Belarusian nation”.
Participants: A. Anisim, A. Kasho, P. Murzionak, I. Shumskaja, A. Trusau
(Abstract, magazine “CULTURE, NATION”, December 2015, issue 12, pp. 23-68)
The characteristics of the Belarusian nation are provided including the level of self-identity \ nationalism \ patriotism; respect for independence/sovereignty and democratic values, the interrelations East-West; relations between the state and the national idea; the trends of changes in the nation over the past 20, 50, 100 years, the potential forces for the implementation of the national idea. A correct assessment of the current state of the nation is very important to determine the goals and objectives of the Strategy of the Belarusian nation development. On the basis of the materials submitted by experts an agreed version of the Strategy will be prepared and submitted for public discussion in the media for a period of 2-3 months. The strategy, in the case of wide discussion and dissemination might be a program for action for those people interested in the development of the nation. The Strategy is being developed for the entire Belarusian nation, and not for specific individuals, parties or social movements. Naturally, the magazine “CULTURE, NATION” invites other possible experts to join the development of the “Strategy of development of the Belarusian nation”. It is no secret that to develop such a project will not be easy task because of different views and approaches but we hope that we can find an agreement on the final stage so convinced of the need for such a strategy.