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Global Challenges: The Regime of Lukashenka

Wednesday 30 March 2022
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague

News headlines often refer to Aliaksandr Lukashenka as the 'last dictator in Europe'. As president of Belarus since 1994, he is the longest serving political leader in Europe. Why is that so? How has is regime adapted over the decades to remain in power? Do the nationwide protests in 2020 mark the beginning of the end of Lukashenka's rule, or will the referendum on amendments to the Belarusian constitution in 2022 breathe new life into the regime? 

These questions and more will be answered by Dr. Matthew Frear in the Global Challenges lecture of 30 March. Dr. Frear is Assistant Professor at the Institute of History. His research lies at the nexus of comparative politics and international relations, with a focus on Russia and Eastern Europe, and Belarus in particular. Dr. Frear has published original reseach on Belarusian politics and foreign policy and presented numerous papers at academic conferences in Europe, North America and Asia. In October 2018, his book Belarus Under Lukashenka: Adaptive Authoritarianism was published by Routledge Publishers.

The event will take place in the LUC’s Auditorium. Everyone welcome! Please sign up here.

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