Experts & Staff

Pavel Slunkin

Visiting Fellow

Areas of expertise

Belarus domestic and foreign policy issues, relations with Russia and the European Union


Belarusian, Russian, English, Spanish. Swedish and Polish (both basic level)


Pavel Slunkin is a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, based in ECFR’s Warsaw office. He works on Belarus-related issues: its domestic and foreign policy, relations with Russia, the European Union, and the United States.

Prior to joining ECFR he worked for the foreign ministry of Belarus. Slunkin participated in Minsk talks on Ukraine preparation and worked as political analyst at the embassy of Belarus in Lithuania.

Slunkin holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations from the Belarusian State University and is an alumnus of several programmes by Clingendael Institute of International Relations (the Netherlands), Wake Forest University (US), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Germany).

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