“IISEPS News”, N 3 (13), 1999



Youth and Civil Society:
Dr. A. Feduta, “Belarusskaya Delovaya Gazeta”
Belarusian Youth: the Problem of Leadership Today and Tomorrow
G. Antonova, Dr. T. Bykova, BUEE
Business Education of Youth in Belarus: Experience and Problems
Prof. A. Rubanov, MRISEPP
Deviant Behavior of Youth
Dr. Z. Grinyuk, IPM
The Nemiga Tragedy as an Anomalous Reaction to the Declining Individualism of Social Life: a Humanitarian Analysis
Dr. L. Novikova, BSU
Youth and Religion

Building an Information and Analytical Infrastructure for Private Enterprise:
Dr. V. Dashkevich, Belgazprombank
The Role of Socio-Economic and Political Analysis in the Development of Private Enterprise
G. Badey, BUEE
The Impact of Employers’ Unions on Economic Policy Through Informational and Analytical Activiti
Dr. L. Zlotnikov, IISEPS
The Cooperation Between Scholars, Politicians and Businessmen in the Creation and Development of an Information and Analytical Infrastructure for Private Enterprise
Dr. Li Chon Ku, GSU
The Development of Informational and Analytical Support for Small and Medium-Size Business in Grodno Region
L. Kovshik, BUEE
A Regional System of Informational and Analytical Support for Private Enterprise: the Most Important Aspects of Development

Life in Our Time:
Some Results of a National Public Opinion Poll, Conducted in June 1999

Open Forum:
P. Sevyarynets, Youth Front
Belarus in Young Age


Dear readers!


In this issue of the IISEPS News bulletin we present materials that reflect the most interesting results of research and analysis within the framework of the institute’s two projects.
The large project “The role of youth in the formation of civil society in Belarus,” was implemented with support from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and concluded with a conference in late September. 75 participants, who included heads and activists of leading youth organizations, scholars, policy makers, journalists and diplomats, discussed the most important results of the project, as well as the most acute and complicate youth problems. The U.S. Ambassador to Belarus Mr. Daniel Speckhard, who gave his first public speech upon return to Belarus during the conference, emphasized the importance of the project. We present to you the most interesting papers of the participants of the conference and the project in a concise form. The final results of the project will be presented in a form of a book, which is now in print.
The second half of the bulletin contains the materials of seminars, which were organized in Brest, Grodno and Gomel within the framework of the project “The creation of an informational and analytical infrastructure for private enterprise in Belarus,” which is being implemented by the IISEPS in cooperation with the Belarusian Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers with support from the Center for International Private Enterprise. Leaders of private business, scholars, journalists, local officials and representatives of public associations took part in the seminars. A similar infrastructure has already been created on the basis of the BUEE in the form of a network of informational and analytical groups in all regions of Belarus, each of which has begun to form data bases and publish quarterly bulletins focused on issues of private business.
Responding to our readers’ requests, we are continuing to publish the most interesting empirical information from an IISEPS national survey conducted last summer without comment. In addition, we are publishing the dynamics of public opinion trends in the most important area of social life. Politicians, diplomats, journalists and our colleagues, analysts, could use those data.
Finally, we are publishing an article by Pavel Sevyarynets, leader of the Youth Front, the country’s largest and most famous youth organization. P. Sevyarynets, a young but already noticeable public leader, presents, as we believe, an interesting historical and political analysis of new relations that are being formed among youth and could help the development of a national consciousness of the young generation. We hope that learning about his views on youth problems will be interesting to our readers.
We encourage your feedback and comments, most interesting of which will be published in the next issues of our bulletin.