The Other Annexation: Gradual Takeover of Belarus by Russia

Special Event
Event Format
In person
S020 (Belfer Case Study) CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street

As the world's attention remains fixed on Russia's ongoing aggression in Ukraine, another critical development has been quietly unfolding: the gradual annexation of Belarus. This ongoing expansion of Russian influence over its neighbor has accelerated since the disputed 2020 Belarusian presidential election. Indebted to and dependent on Russia for support after the election crisis, Belarus's autocratic ruler Aliaksandr Lukashenka (a.k.a. Alexander Lukashenko) has made concessions that have allowed for greater Russian political, economic, and military control.

The gradual erosion of Belarusian sovereignty has far-reaching consequences for the Belarusian people and the stability and security of the entire region. As Russia tightens its grip on Belarus, the international community must confront the reality of a changing geopolitical landscape and the potential for further destabilization.

This panel will open with pre-recorded remarks by Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and proceed to explore the profound impact of the Russian takeover on global security, regional stability, and the lives of the Belarusian people. Panelists will also assess the international community's diplomatic response to the crisis, NATO's position, and the shifting power dynamics within Europe.

Reception to follow. 

Remote video URL


Belarus Freedom Forum; Belarusians of Boston


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