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Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Lukashenka vs. democracy: Where is Belarus heading?

Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka is facing the biggest crisis of his 26-year reign as protests erupt over attempts to falsify the country's August 9 presidential election. Can he cling on to power?

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Sun, Aug 9, 2020

Europe’s last dictator: The rise and (possible) fall of Alyaksandr Lukashenka

Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus for 26 years and earned the dubious title of "Europe's last dictator" but his country has experienced a pro-democracy awakening during this year's presidential election campaign.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Wed, Aug 5, 2020

From dictatorship to democracy: Can Belarus make history on Sunday?

Belarusians go to the polls on Sunday in a presidential vote that is being billed as the biggest challenge to President Lukashenko for 26 years. Will the international community back the country's democratic opposition?

UkraineAlert by Nicolai Khalezin

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Sun, Aug 2, 2020

China focus might distract the U.S. from the possibility of a Putin surprise in Belarus and beyond

For all the legitimate focus on rising US-China tensions, this summer’s sleeper surprise for the West is more likely to emerge from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The question is: will it grow from Russia’s strength, its weakness or some combination of the two?

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Belarus Russia

Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Belarus presidential vote: Ukrainian MPs join calls for democratic breakthrough

The August 9 presidential election in Belarus promises to have major geopolitical ramifications for the entire region. A cross-party group of Ukrainian MPs has formed an association to support democracy in Belarus ahead of the vote.

UkraineAlert by Oleksiy Goncharenko

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Fri, Jul 3, 2020

Minsk Maidan? Belarus facing summer of discontent

Belarus has been an international backwater for much of the past 25 years, but it may soon find itself thrust into the geopolitical spotlight as tensions mount ahead of the country's August 9 presidential election.

UkraineAlert by Victor Tregubov

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jun 15, 2020

Belarus presidential vote: Democratic breakthrough?

A combination of domestic and geopolitical factors makes the upcoming Belarusian presidential election the most important for a generation, but can Lukashenko be defeated democratically?

UkraineAlert by Viktoriya Zakrevskaya

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Sat, Mar 7, 2020

Bryza joins TVP (Polish) to discuss British military exercises in Belarus and Russia’s relations with Belarus and Turkey

In the News by Atlantic Council

Belarus Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Feb 26, 2020

Anonymous pro-Russian Telegram channels target protests in Belarus

Amid ongoing economic integration talks between Russia and Belarus, eight channels attacked opponents of integration and spread pro-Kremlin narratives.

Article by Givi Gigitashvili

Belarus Disinformation

Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Carpenter speaks to The Daily Beast on Lukashenko’s Ukraine policy

As former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Michael Carpenter speaks on longstanding Belarusian policies towards Ukraine. Related reading More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

Belarus Politics & Diplomacy