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Belarus and Eastern Europe Security Challenges

After the Ukraine crisis, Belarus has improved its image as a contributor to regional security. Part of this shift stems from greater cooperation with the West. This, along with Minsk’s selective non-compliance with Eurasian integration, however, brings closer scrutiny and potential pressure from Moscow. This panel will host a delegation of Belarusian analysts, organized by Pact and USAID, to offer a fresh examination of Belarus’s relationship with the West and with Moscow.

The Belarusian-Russian Soap Opera Continues

Seeming frenemies: Why Belarusian-Russian relations remain more predictable than they appear

The Eurasian Union: A Political Project in an Economic Guise

Following the collapse of the USSR, Russia has largely failed to build a competitive economy. Modernizing or replacing the crumbling Soviet-era trademark offerings, such as Tupolev airliners or Lada cars, has been a protracted process that is not fully complete even today. One project that post-Soviet rulers hoped would enhance the newly divergent economies was an economic bloc of some of the former republics of the Soviet Union.

Elections in Belarus: Is a Real Transition in Progress?

On September 11th 2016, parliamentary elections were held in Belarus and, for the first time in 12 years, opposition politicians won seats. In a political system known for monolithic control, this represents progress, but how much? Mr. Kent Härstedt, who led the short-term OSCE observer mission to Belarus, noted “It remains clear that Belarus still has some way to go to fulfill its democratic commitments.” He will elaborate on what improved this year, and what remains to be done.

Belarus: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Belarus is sandwiched between Russia and the EU, both geographically and politically trapped between Russian dominance and European neglect. How does Belarusian society view its place in the world as a result? Professors Ioffe and Manaev drew on data from a series of national surveys to discuss popular sentiment concerning Belarus’ foreign policy. In particular, they analyzed its trend towards isolationism and current prospects for maintaining and strengthening Belarusian statehood despite a persistent geopolitical tug-of-war.