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Virtual: Belarus: The Domestic and International Politics of Democratic Revolution

October 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Join the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies (CSEEES) for a roundtable discussion on domestic and international politics in Belarus.

Despite months of mass protests on streets across the country and the refusal many of his neighbors to recognize him as the legitimate President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko seems determined to hold onto power. The situation is delicately poised and the balance of domestic forces and international player remains unclear. What is next for Belarus, its people and its democratic revolution?

The roundtable discussion includes:

Volha Charnysh, assistant professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in 2017. Charnysh’s research focuses on historical political economy, legacies of violence, nation- and state-building, and ethnic politics.

Gwendolyn Sasse, professor of comparative politics at the University of Oxford and the director of the Centre for East European and International Studies in Berlin. Her research focuses on East Europe and the former Soviet Union, EU enlargement, and comparative democratization.

Arkady Moshes, director of the EU Eastern Neighborhood and Russia research program at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. His policy work and research examines Russia-EU relations and internal and foreign policy of Ukraine and Belarus.

The discussion will be moderated by Graeme Robertson, CSEEES Director.

This is the second installment in a series of conversations about the political situation in Belarus. Co-presented by the King’s College Russia Institute; the Comparative Authoritarian Protest Research Network at the University of Manchester; the Centre for East European and International Studies in Berlin; and the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.

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October 22, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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