Analysing international policy processes and Lithuania’s role in them
Review Nov 14, 2020

Geopolitics Returns to Belarus


For the last quarter-century, one of the defining traits of political life in Belarus was the perceived resistance to change. As other post-Soviet Republics faced civil disruption, some even to the level of populist revolts, such as in Georgia and Ukraine, the authoritarian government of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka appeared, for years, to be unassailable. Despite attempts at bottom-up political modernisation, such as the luckless 2006 ‘Denim Revolution’, and protests and police crackdowns over the rigged elections four years later, Mr. Lukashenko appeared to have mastered the delicate art of regime survival.

Marc Lanteigne is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UiT, the Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). His research areas include international security studies, Chinese foreign policy, including Sino-European relations, and comparative political economy.