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A conversation with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

#ACFRONTPAGE – Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya discusses the need for the international community to stay focused on the Belarusian people’s effort to oust authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

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Mon, Mar 1, 2021

Breaking the tie: Security and stability in Belarus

Online Event The domestic stalemate in Belarus presents a strategic security problem for the Kremlin and may test the resolve of policymakers in Washington and Brussels.

10:00am Belarus Democratic Transitions European Union Russia

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Wed, May 12, 2021

Time to sanction the Putin-Lukashenka “axis of autocrats”

Callings are growing for the international community to impose sanctions against the Putin-Lukashenka axis rather than just on the Belarusian regime.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Economic Sanctions

Wed, May 5, 2021

Belarus sanctions: Time to target Russia?

Can sanctions against Belarus be separated from sanctions against Russia? Or should sanctions against the two countries be treated as part of a coherent whole, effectively sanctioning the Putin-Lukashenka axis?

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Economic Sanctions

Wed, Apr 28, 2021

Lukashenka’s succession gambit: Kremlin capitulation or power play?

Alyaksandr Lukashenka either just made a bold and brazen power play vis-a-vis Russia or he began laying the groundwork for Moscow's ultimate takeover of Belarus. Whatever the truth is, the stakes are enormous.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Crisis Management

Wed, Apr 21, 2021

Bizarre Belarus “coup plot” has all the hallmarks of a classic Kremlin drama

Belarus ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka's recent claim that he was the target of a US-backed coup may be more than just the latest in a series of conspiratorial rants by the increasingly beleaguered dictator.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Belarus is the new front in Putin’s war against Ukraine

Fears are growing that the rapidly expanding Russian military presence in Belarus will help transform the country into a new front in the Kremlin's war against Ukraine.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Conflict

Wed, Apr 7, 2021

Ukraine rules out a return to Minsk peace talks as Putin tightens his grip on Belarus

Ukraine has ruled out a return to peace talks in Minsk due to growing Russian influence over Belarus as the Kremlin capitalizes on the international isolation of Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

UkraineAlert by Vladislav Davidzon

Belarus Conflict

Wed, Apr 7, 2021

The battle for Belarus: Russified regime faces Westernizing society

As the Russification of the Belarusian state unfolds, a very different dynamic is developing in Belarusian civil society: ordinary Belarusians are distancing themselves from Russia and embracing the West.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Civil Society

Wed, Mar 31, 2021

Soft annexation: Inside the Russian takeover of Belarus

Russia is slowly but steadily achieving the "soft annexation" of Belarus via a series of political, economic, and military measures that will assure the Kremlin of dominance over its small western neighbor.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Mar 24, 2021

Moscow’s man in Minsk

As Belarus braced for a fresh round of anti-regime protests, the Kremlin has been busy laying the groundwork to tighten its grip on Russia's far smaller but strategically important western neighbor.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Wed, Mar 17, 2021

How do you sanction a problem like Lukashenka?

The West is looking to increase sanctions against Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka but must also tread carefully to avoid creating opportunities for Russia to expand its geopolitical influence.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Economic Sanctions