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.

2015 Belarusian Election Debrief with Opposition Candidate Tatiana Korotkevich

Tatiana Korotkevich is the only candidate from the democratic opposition who competed in the 2015 presidential election in Belarus. She is also the first woman registered as a presidential candidate in the country's history. Though the elections were strongly criticized by the OSCE, Ms. Korotkevich used her candidacy to discuss “bread and butter” issues with citizens outside of the opposition’s usual constituency.

Belarus Before Elections

As Belarus heads towards presidential elections in October, the NGO Pact, with the assistance of USAID, brought a delegation of Belarusian civic activists and policy analysts to Washington, DC. They gave a briefing on trends in the politics, economy, and civil society of Belarus and discussed the post-election prognosis. Although political leadership is unlikely to change, the domestic and international implications of the Ukraine crisis are changing Belarus' trajectory.