Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 22

We’ve all seen this movie before. It’s called the Aleksandr Lukashenka shuffle.

When the authoritarian Belarusian leader’s relations with Russia get stormy, he begins flirting with the West, only to return anew to Vladimir Putin’s embrace.

We’ve seen it for years. Everybody has always known what he’s up to. And everybody played along with his little two-step.

But now, with reports that Russia is seriously considering an “Anschluss”—or formal annexation of Belarus—the game seems a lot more consequential, and a lot more dangerous.

Joining Brian Whitmore on the latest Power Vertical are CEPA Editor in Chief Donald N. Jensen and special guest Michael Carpenter, Senior Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

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Brian Whitmore

Brian Whitmore is Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Before joining CEPA he was Senior Russia Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague; as a graduate instructor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina; and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculty at Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine and the International Relations Faculty at St. Petersburg State University.

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January 18, 2019

The Power Vertical is a CEPA podcast covering the Kremlin for Kremlin watchers. All opinions are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis.