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Commentary

Why the West should help civil society in Belarus

The EU, the UK and the US should come out in support of fundamental freedoms and human rights in Belarus. Doing so would mean not only staying true to their own values, but could help avoid European security being compromised by another protracted conflict on the EU’s frontier.

1 October 2020 | Katia Glod
Euro-Atlantic Security|Baltics|Belarus|Eastern Europe|Russia-West Relations|Sanctions
Commentary

East-West Coffee Shop: Belarus

In the first episode of the East-West Coffee Shop podcast, European Leadership Network (ELN) Policy Fellow Ben Challis sits down with Yauheni Preiherman and Katia Glod to discuss the developing situation in Belarus following the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been described as the last dictator in Europe.

23 September 2020 | Ben Challis, Yauheni Preiherman and Katia Glod
YGLN|Baltics|Belarus|Eastern Europe|Eastern Partnership|Russia-West Relations|YGLN
Policy brief

Belarus beyond 2020: Implications for Russia and the West

As Belarus heads into its most turbulent elections in decades on 9th August, Ben Challis warns that there is an urgent need to avoid a dangerous competition for influence there between Russia and the West.

3 August 2020 | Ben Challis
Euro-Atlantic Security|Baltics|Belarus|Eastern Europe|Eastern Partnership|NATO|Russia-West Relations
Policy brief

Outlines for future conventional arms control in Europe: A sub-regional regime in the Baltics

Deteriorating relations between Russia and NATO and the increasing capacity for rapid deployment and concentration of forces increases instability and the risk of military escalation, namely in the Baltic region. Against this background, the countries concerned could be interested in a conventional arms control regime that helps to prevent destabilising build-ups of forces and to enhance maritime security.

3 September 2019 | Evgeny Buzhinskiy and Oleg Shakirov
Euro-Atlantic Security|Baltics|Conventional Arms Control|Europe|NATO|Russia-West Relations|ELN|YGLN
Commentary

Challenges and opportunities for deterrence and arms control in the Baltic Sea area

Lukasz Kulesa examines the challenges faced in security environment of the Baltic Sea region and presents the opportunities for effective arms control.

1 October 2018 | Lukasz Kulesa
Euro-Atlantic Security|European Defence|Global Security|Arms Control|Baltic Sea|Baltics|Belarus|CSBMs|Defence|Deterrence|Eastern Europe|Finland|NATO|Nordic Countries|Risk Reduction|Russia|Russia-West Relations|Sweden
Commentary

Banding together against the bully in the Baltic

Senior Associate Fellow, Elisabeth Braw, argues that deepening regional cohesion in the Baltics will assist in the strengthening of military deterrence.

27 September 2018 | Elisabeth Braw
Air space|Baltic Sea|Baltics|Europe|Finland|Germany|Nordic Countries|Poland|Russia|Sweden