Prospects for Democracy in Minsk

The democratic world just celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. How far east was it considered a historic victory and how much longer will it take for its shadow to disappear in Belarus? Opening doors to token opposition representation in parliament, more frequent overtures to the West, and the promotion of national symbols may seem like the early spring of Belarusian rebirth after more than 25 years of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s dictatorship. But are these signs of a thaw and a repetition of the events of 1989?

In a new strategic brief, Will Belarus Choose the West? BAFF Visiting Fellow Živilė Kriščiūnė and CEPA’s Editor in Chief Donald N. Jensen explore Minsk’s position between Moscow and Washington as well as offer recommendations and next steps forward for Western policymakers.



Photo: “‘March of the national flag’, 10th October 2015 in Minsk” by Marco Fieber under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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November 14, 2019