Katsiaryna Shmatsina


She holds a master's degree in International Relations from Syracuse University, New York (2016) and a degree in law from Belarusian State University (2013).

Previously, Katsiaryna worked for the American Bar Association where she was involved in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), especially in the projects on good governance and rule of law in the UNDP in-country offices. She also served as a pro bono local expert on Belarus for the World Bank’s Doing Business and Women, Business, and the Law reports.

In 2018, Katsiaryna was awarded a fellowship at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, Washington DC. In 2016, she received a Civil Society Leadership Award from the Open Society Foundations.

In June - July 2019, she was a research fellow in the Polish Institute of International Affairs (Warsaw) within the prestigious Think Visegrad Fellowship programme.

The area of academic interests: Belarus’ foreign policy, international security, geopolitical risks, Russia, Eurasia, and NATO.

Apart from mother tongue Belarusian, she commands Russian, English, German, and French.

Contact: shmatsina@belinstitute.com