Analysing international policy processes and Lithuania’s role in them

Belarus Programme

The publications and events aim to deepen understanding of Belarus’s strategic and geopolitical objectives, their impact on Europe and transatlantic relations, as well as on Lithuania’s strategic objectives. We invite you to read.

Review Dec 07, 2023
Minsk Express. Theory and practice of cultural heritage in Belarus

In the first Russian-speaking episode of this season’s Minsk Express podcast Dr. Stsiapan Stureika, Associate Professor at the European Humanities University’s Department of Humanities and Arts and the leader of the internationally recognized ICOMOS-Belarus initiative shares insight on the theory and practice of the cultural heritage in Belarus.

Rytų Europos studijų centras
Review Nov 21, 2023
Minsk Express. Power and vertical in Belarus

In this episode, Brian Whitmore of the Atlantic Council shares his take on deconstructing the power vertical in Belarus. What is the Lukashenka dilemma? Will the Kremlin incorporate Belarus? What can the West do to release over 1,500 political prisoners in Belarus? And what makes Lukashenka’s power vertical so unique?

Rytų Europos studijų centras
Review Nov 07, 2023
Minsk Express. Belarus in the world of autocracies

In the new episode of the Minsk Express podcast, Professor Elena Korosteleva of Warwick University presents a new book “Belarus in the Twenty-First Century. Between Dictatorship and Democracy” and shares insight on how Belarus looks in the context of emerging autocracies around the world. How exportable is Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s autocratic rule. Is there any prospect for Belarusian Studies and for Belarus itself? 

Rytų Europos studijų centras
Review Oct 27, 2023
Minsk Express. Geopolitical calculus of Lukashenka today

In the first episode of the third season of Minsk Express, we discuss the geopolitical setting of Belarus today and its place on the political agenda in the West. What is the impact of Belarusian democratic forces on changing the situation on the ground? How has the dramatic increase of the Belarusian diaspora around the world affected the country? What are the prospects of change in Belarus? And finally, how does Russia’s war in Ukraine change Lukashenka’s calculus?

Rytų Europos studijų centras
Review Nov 24, 2022
Freedom to Speak: Promoting the Freedom of expression in Belarus

Following the disputed presidential election in August 2020 and the refusal by the Western states to recognize the incumbent Alyaksandr Lukashenka as the elected president of Belarus, several waves of political repressions swept across the country.

Rytų Europos studijų centras
Review Oct 17, 2022
Belarusian trends 2022-3

The Lukashenko regime continues to persecute those involved in the protests during the 2020 presidential elections, as well as those who speak out against Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Anton Achremov
Review Jul 07, 2022
Belarusian trends in 2022 Q2

It is estimated that the Belarusian economy could lose between €16-18 billion annually as a result of the sanctions. The country’s GDP is expected to fall by USD 1.2 billion in 2014 and by 4.1% in 2022.

Andrius Prochorenko Anton Achremov
Review Mar 21, 2022
Trends in Belarus 2022-1

The Belarusian army is strongly opposed to military involvement in Ukraine, and its commanders are keen to avoid sending ground troops to Ukraine.

Dorota Sokolovska Andrius Prochorenko
Review Nov 14, 2020
Geopolitics Returns to Belarus

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.

Marc Lanteigne
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About the Belarus Programme

Established in early 2021, the Belarus Research Programme of the Eastern Europe Studies Centre analyses political, economic and socio-cultural processes. The research programme is coordinated by analysts and associate experts from the Eastern Europe Studies Centre.

Belarus Programme experts

Maksimas Milta

Maksimas Milta is ReThink.CEE Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a former Head of Communications and Development at the European Humanities University. His comments on Belarus affairs regularly appeared in the Baltic, Dutch, German public broadcasters’, Le Figaro, Times Higher Education, BBC World News, and The New York Times reports and articles. Recognizing his on-the-ground analysis during the 2020 Belarus Presidential elections, Maksimas became the laureate of the annual Titan award by the editorial team of Delfi. Maksimas holds a master’s degree in political sciences from Vilnius University. Currently, he is a graduate student in European & Russian Studies at Yale.

Anton Achremov

M.A. from the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, joined the RESC team in 2022.Anton contributes to the development of analytical and informative content, focusing on Russia, Belarus, and the Eastern Partnership countries.