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Thu, Jun 10, 2021

Dark waves: Power plays for the Black Sea region

Online Event The Black Sea is a strategic crossroads—which is why the Kremlin has made it into a pressure point in its war on Ukraine. What are Moscow’s real ambitions for the region and does Ukraine have what it needs to defend itself?

11:00am Geopolitics & Energy Security Maritime Security Russia The Caucasus

Thu, Jun 3, 2021

Turkish-Russian competition in Ukraine and the Caucasus

Online Event Warming ties between Ankara and Moscow have not reduced Turkey’s competitive stance with Russia in Ukraine and the South Caucasus.

9:00am Defense Policy National Security NATO Russia

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Wed, Jun 9, 2021

Axis of autocrats: Belarus dictator Lukashenka backs Putin’s Ukraine war

The axis of autocrats in Eastern Europe continues to solidify as Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka bends over backwards to please Moscow by showing his support for Russia's war against Ukraine.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Conflict

Wed, Jun 2, 2021

Putin’s Belarus strategy: Arsonist and firefighter?

Vladimir Putin has a proven skill for surreptitiously playing the arsonist and then offering his services as a firefighter. He may now be employing these same tactics in his approach towards the crisis in neighboring Belarus.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, May 28, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford explore a Western response to Belarus’s act of air piracy

On May 28, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discussed how the West should respond to Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko’s arrest of dissident journalist Roman Protasevich, the U.S. role in the […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Belarus China

Thu, May 27, 2021

Putin sides with Belarus dictator over air piracy as Ukraine rejects Minsk talks

Former Ukrainian president Leonid Kravchuk has confirmed that Ukraine will seek to move peace talks with Russia away from Minsk as the international fallout from Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s recent act of air piracy continued to make waves throughout the region.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus International Norms

Thu, May 27, 2021

Viačorka on CNN: ‘No one can feel safe in Europe’

Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya's advisor Franak Viačorka and journalist Anne Applebaum tell CNN's Bianna Golodryga about the wider repercussions of Belarus's forced downing of a Ryanair plane.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Wed, May 26, 2021

Did Russia assist in Belarus dictator’s act of air piracy?

Did Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka get a stealthy assist from Vladimir Putin's Russia in hijacking a commercial airliner travelling between two European Union countries?

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus International Norms

Tue, May 25, 2021

FAST THINKING: Europe strikes back at Belarus

Europe has imposed economic sanctions and restrictions on Belarusian planes, while US President Joe Biden has indicated that he will follow suit. What made Europe act with unusual swiftness and boldness?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Belarus Crisis Management

Tue, May 25, 2021

Ukraine bans Belarus flights over Lukashenka’s air piracy

Ukraine will ban air traffic with Belarus starting May 26 as the fallout continues from Sunday’s dramatic forced landing of an EU airliner and passenger abduction in Minsk.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, May 24, 2021

State-sponsored air piracy: Belarus dictator tests the international community

European leaders agreed to new sanctions against Belarus on May 24, the day after dictator Lukashenka sparked uproar by forcing an EU passenger jet to land in Minsk and abducting a high-profile dissident passenger.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus European Union

Mon, May 24, 2021

Belarus air piracy: How the world should respond

Outrage at aggression should lead to action. The West has options for a civil-aviation response as well as new targeted sanctions.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Belarus Economic Sanctions