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Monday, March 28, 2011

Brussels Forum, Day two

My second day at the Brussels Forum started a bit late, due to jet lag and my need to get out for a run.  The first session I attended was on the situation in Japan.  Nik Gowing of the BBC made a comment about the communication issues with the Japanese government, and the Japanese participants on the panel were critical of the media, saying that the communication had been better than it was portrayed. 

The session on EU neighborhood policy was also interesting, there was some criticism that the U.S. had imposed economic sanctions on Belarus but the EU hadn't yet made a decision to impose economic sanctions.  After the recent elections that were considered fraudulent many protesters were jailed and several representatives of civil society in Belarus were present at the Forum.

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