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Sun, Aug 9, 2020

Europe’s last dictator: The rise and (possible) fall of Alexander Lukashenko

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

Fri, Jun 12, 2020

US foreign policy and Euro-Caspian energy security: The time is now to build the Trans-Caspian Pipeline

The Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) represents a historic success for Azerbaijan and the European Union (EU) in regard to their common quest for new energy supply sources and routes. Over the last decade, the EU has intensified its efforts to expand the SGC, seeking to attract gas from Turkmenistan. The time is now ripe to connect Turkmen gas with SGC infrastructure and the European market through a Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline.

EnergySource by Matthew Bryza, Robert M. Cutler, and Giorgi Vashakmadze

Central Asia Energy & Environment

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

Russian cyberattack on Georgia shows why the US should pass the Georgia Support Act

The US Senate could take a significant step toward helping its vulnerable ally by passing the Georgia Support Act and ensuring its provisions are met. The multitude of statements supporting Georgia and condemning the Russian attacks are, of course, a politically positive message for Georgia—but to think statements can change or deter the Kremlin’s behavior is beyond naïve. Concrete actions, such as the passage and signing of H.R.598 into law, would be a message of support backed with real weight.

New Atlanticist by George Tsereteli

Cybersecurity Security Partnerships

Tue, May 19, 2020

Activists fight COVID-19 disinformation in the Caucasus

Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia now face a new and growing threat: the steady stream of propaganda related to how and why COVID-19 is spreading throughout the Caucasus.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Disinformation The Caucasus

Mon, May 18, 2020

Coronavirus emergency measures should persuade Ukraine, Romania, and Turkey to legitimize energy reform, not reverse it

For years, Eastern European governments and Turkey have bought into a global trend, arguing that long-term strategies in the energy sector should revolve around market deregulation. In light of the coronavirus outbreak and the emergency measures implemented worldwide to contain it, the energy industry may now face an increase in interventionist policies such as price controls and consolidation of state-owned enterprises as governments push to mitigate the shockwaves of expected consumer impacts. Such measures would be detrimental to economies, and there are compelling arguments that suggest governments should remain committed to their initial market goals.

EnergySource by Dr. Aura Sabadus

Coronavirus Eastern Europe

Events

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Breakthrough in Belarus: A democratic opening?

ONLINE EVENT - As thousands take to the streets in protest, can popular will bring about a genuinely democratic election to Belarus?

10:00am ONLINE EVENT