Can Belarus Triumph Over Lukashenko?


An expert interview with Katsiaryna Shmatsina / VIDEO

‘World Unfiltered’

Guest: Kaciaryna Šmacina: Research Fellow at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies

Presenter: Prof. Scott Lucas

  1. Why should we care about Belarus? 3.20-5.11
  2. What is the significance not just of President Lukashenko but of an authoritarian system, 30 years after the break from the Soviet Union? 5.20-8.30
  3. What are the concerns of people inside Belarus beyond Lukashenko? 8.35-12.48
  4. What is the biggest difference between the protests in 2010 and in 2020? 12.50-17.34
  5. Have the protests ebbed because of a passive "Let's just all live and let live" attitude? 18.51-22.57
  6. Is the latest carckdown a sign from the Lukashenko regime aof confidence that they have a handle on this? Or does it actually portray uncertainty? 23.00-24.53
  7. Will Russia let these protests win? 25.00-31.01
  8. Is there any leverage for the United States and the EU in this situation? 31.10-36.20
  9. Are you hopeful? 36.29

Video-editing: Cengizhan Doğan Interview assistant: Selenay Tüfekçioğlu Post-designer: Çisem Kar

Katsiaryna Shmatsina is a Research Fellow at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, where she focuses on Belarus’ foreign policy, regional security, and the impact of the great power relations on small actors. Katsiaryna is also a Rethink. CEE Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., where she researches the intersection of digital technological rivalry and geopolitics. Previously, Katsiaryna worked at the American Bar Association where she managed the democratic-governance and rule-of-law projects.