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Tue, Jul 20, 2021

A conversation with leader of the democratic opposition in Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Online Event AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – What can officials in the United States do to support the democratic movement in Belarus in the face of continuing repression and state terror from Lukashenka’s regime? Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the democratic opposition in Belarus, joins live from the Atlantic Council to discuss.

10:15am Belarus Democratic Transitions Elections Political Reform

Mon, Jul 12, 2021

Reimagining Ukraine: A discussion with Yevhen Hlibovytsky

Online Event Civil society in Ukraine continues to drive the country’s Euro-Atlantic trajectory from the ground up. How can NGOs and reform-minded government institutions create a more democratically vibrant Ukraine?

11:00am Civil Society Democratic Transitions Eastern Europe Ukraine

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Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Collective cybersecurity for the Three Seas

In Central and Eastern Europe’s Three Seas region, twelve countries have joined together to invest in critical infrastructure projects and increase interconnectivity on energy, infrastructure, and digitization efforts along the way. To strengthen the resilience of these technical investments and better bind together the defensive cybersecurity operations of these societies, Three Seas member states should establish a regional hub for cybersecurity together with key private sector partners.

Report by Safa Shahwan Edwards, Simon Handler, Trey Herr, Adam Marczyński, and Jakub Teska

Central Europe Cybersecurity

Wed, Jun 23, 2021

Why Putin dare not abandon Belarus dictator Lukashenka

Europe’s last two dictators know that if one should fall, the other will find himself in a perilous position. They may not necessarily like it, but Putin and Lukashenka are now locked in an authoritarian alliance.

UkraineAlert by Jan Pieklo

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Tue, Jun 22, 2021

Belarus sanctions target dictator’s Russian enablers

When the US, EU, Canada, and UK announced a new Belarus sanctions this week, one name in particular stood out: Russian businessman Mikhail Gutseriyev.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Economic Sanctions

Sat, Jun 19, 2021

Armenian voters offered false choice between security and democracy

Armenians will go to the polls on June 20 in snap parliamentary elections that the opposition seeks to position as a straight choice between democracy and security following the country's 2020 military defeat.

UkraineAlert by Lusine Hakobyan

Democratic Transitions Elections

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Tensions mount between Belarus dictator and Kremlin

Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka's harsh crackdown on anti-regime protests has made him increasingly dependent on the Kremlin, but could Moscow be preparing to use him as a geopolitical pawn?

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Moldova

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing May 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

Africa Belarus

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

Vershbow in NBC News: The Biden-Putin summit features high stakes, low expectations

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow was quoted in NBC News on the Biden-Putin Summit and explained that the Russian president does not necessarily want the more stable or predictable relationship that the US seeks.

In the News by Alexander Vershbow

Arms Control Eastern Europe

Sat, Jun 12, 2021

Vershbow in POLITICO: Biden revels in Trump’s absence from the world stage

Amb. Vershbow was quoted in POLITICO on European concerns over the tendencies that led to President Trump's election, and the unique approaches different European leaders are taking to President Biden.

In the News by Alexander Vershbow

Arms Control Eastern Europe

Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Vershbow in The New York Times: Biden aims to bolster US alliances in Europe, but challenges loom

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow was quoted in the New York Times on the Biden-Putin Summit and how despite arguing over many things, the two leaders will continue the dialogue going forward.

In the News by Alexander Vershbow

Arms Control Eastern Europe

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, Aug 4, 2021

Enhancing security in the Black Sea: The future of security cooperation

Online Event Regional experts from Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, and the US join to discuss global security trends and challenges in the Black Sea and the future of security cooperation.

10:00am Defense Policy Eastern Europe Europe & Eurasia Maritime Security