NEWS 2016

December, 2016: Working meeting on planning future project and festive celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Center for Sociological and Political Research of Minsk State University

Festive celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Center for Sociological and Political Research (CSPR) of Belorussian State University took place on December, 16, 2016. Center for Sociological and Political Research of Belorussian State University is the leading center for academic social studies in Belarus. Since its establishment in 1996, CSPR has conducted hundreds of national and participated in dozens of international research projects. CSPR is the national partner for Belarus in such international research projects like the Eurasia Barometer, the World Values Survey Association, and the European Values Study. Director of the CSPR is Professor David Rotman.

December, 2016: Working meeting on planning EAB wave 3 at People's Friendship University of Russia RUDN (Moscow, Russia)
The first working meeting on planning the next, third wave of Eurasia Barometer took place on December, 1-3, 2016 at People's Friendship University of Russia RUDN. This institution became the national partner for Russian Federation in EAB-3. Working meeting at RUDN was hosted by the
School of Humanitarian and Social Sciences under the leadership of the Dean Professor Vladimir Tsvyk.
University RUDN in Eurasia Barometer Consortium will be represented by the School of Humanitarian and Social Sciences under the leadership of its Vice-Dean Professor Nikolay Narbut and the national team leader in EAB-1 and EAB-2 Professor Alexander Gasparishvili. The survey has been preliminary planned for September-November, 2017 and will be synchronized with EAB-3 surveys in the other countries from the NIS group.


People's Friendship University of Russia
People's Friendship University of Russia RUDN is one of the leading state higher educational institutions of Russia. It is the only university in the world every year uniting students from 145-150 countries. The University has a multiprofile structure of faculties and majors, typical for classical universities of the world. More than 77 thousand graduates of the University work in 170 countries, among them more than 5500 holders of PhD and Doctorate degrees. Specialists are prepared in 62 majors and lines of study. More than 29 thousand graduate and postgraduate students from 140 countries are currently studying at the university. They represent more than 450 nations and nationalities of the world.

December, 2016: Eurasia Barometer presentation at People's Friendship University of Russia RUDN (Moscow, Russia)
As a part of this meeting, Director of Eurasia Barometer and President of the World Values Survey Association Professor Christian Haerpfer gave a series of lectures on values in NIS and dynamics of trust in NIS basing on Eurasia Barometer and the World Values Survey Association data. This lecture was focused on analyzing the breakdown of – mainly Communist – values system in coincidence with the break-up of the Soviet Union after December 1991. In his lecture Prof. Haerpfer analyzed creation and development of different value systems in the following CIS countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. The main research question was to find out, if certain values, values systems or value clusters have survived in the transformation period between the era of the Soviet Union on the one hand and the post-Soviet era of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on the other. Video of the lecture is available HERE.

September, 2016: GBS working meeting at Princeton University
The recent GBS meeting took place on September, 27-28, 2016 at Princeton University, USA with the participation of Christian Haerpfer (Eurasia Barometer & WVSA), Yunhan Chu (Asian Barometer), Dr Marta Lagos (Latino Barometer & WVSA), Dr Michael Robbins (Arab Barometer), Prof. Robert Matter (Afro Barometer). The main aim of the meeting was to develop an outline for a collective monograph “People and Democracy in the Developing World: Citizenship in the Early 21st Century” which will be devoted to development of democracy, political institutions and transformations of the concept of citizenship. The monograph will comprise findings from the Global Barometer Survey and the World Values Survey and will be published as a part of The Global Barometers Series published by the Lynne Rienner Publishers.

July, 2016: GBS working meeting at the IPSA World Congress in Poznan, Poland

Working meeting of the Global Barometer Survey Group took place on July, 27 at Adam Mickiewicz University and was conducted in conjunction with the 24th World Congress of the International Political Science Association in Poznan, Poland.  The meeting was attended by representatives of the Asian Barometer (Yun-han Chu, Kai-Ping Huang, Wen-Chin Wu, Hsin-Hsin Pan, Mark Weatherall, Osbern Huang and others), Afro Barometer (Robert Mattes), Latino Barometro (Marta Lagos) and Eurasia Barometer (Christian Haerpfer, Kseniya Kizilova). Due to a number of reasons, Arab Barometer colleagues were not able to join this meeting. The main issues discussed at the meeting included overview of the past barometer surveys, release of the most recent GBS 2.3 data-set and planning of the next waves of survey in Post-Soviet Eurasia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South and South-East Asia. The meeting dealt also with planning of the next GBS workshops and dissemination activities in Princeton, Taipei and Buenos-Aires. GBS group has started working on the second collective monograph summarizing findings on development of democracy, political institutions and transformations of the concept of citizenship. The working title of the monograph is People and Democracy in the Developing World: Citizenship in the Early 21st Century. Empirical data used in the analysis will come from GBS, WVS and other survey programs.

March, 2016: Presentation of an English-book on Belarus: Independence as a National Idea

A Presentation of the English-Language book "Belarus: Independence as a National Idea" took place in the Diplomatic Academy if Vienna on 30 March. The event was organized upon the initiative of the Embassy of Belarus in Austria by the Austrian-Belorussian Society, the Institute for Comparative Survey Research "Eurasia Barometer", the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. 
Short speeches were made by head of the analytical center EcooM Sergei Musiyenko and Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs and National Security Commission of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, Professor Igor Marzalyuk as well as the Austrian co-author of the book, President of the World Values Survey Association, and Director of the Institute for Comparative Survey Research Eurasian Barometer, Professor Christian Haerpfer. The event met a strong interest on the part of representatives of political and social circles, the expert community, Austrian mass media, and the diplomatic corps accredited in Vienna (original article: here).
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