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A Biden presidency and pro-democracy movements in the post-Soviet space: Recommendations for Europe

As pro-democracy movements proliferate throughout the post-Soviet space, Europe and the US have had noticeably muted reactions. But should Joe Biden become America’s next president this week, he will likely take a more actively pro-democracy position in the region. The EU should start planning for this now.

2 November 2020 | Nikita Gryazin and Daniel Shapiro
Euro-Atlantic Security|Belarus|Eastern Europe|Russia-West Relations|Sanctions|United States
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
Commentary

The EU’s eastern neighbourhood demands a coherent approach. The Eastern Partnership fails to deliver.

The next phase of the EU’s Eastern Partnership will be launched this week. The approach set out so far fails to deliver – at this week’s summit, leaders should address the gaps.

17 June 2020 | Ben Challis
Euro-Atlantic Security|Armenia|Belarus|Black Sea|Central Asia|Diplomacy|Eastern Europe|Eastern Partnership|EU|Eurasian Economic Union|Europe|European Neighbourhood Policy|Foreign policy|Governance|Moldova|Russia-West Relations|Ukraine