Democracy Is Down but Not Out

June 04, 2021

Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarussian dictator, snatches a dissident from midair. Military strongman Assimi Goita launches another coup in Mali. Benjamin Netanyahu escalates a military conflict to save his own political skin in Israel. In the United States, the Republican Party launches a...

In Conversation With Belarus Opposition Candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

October 06, 2020

GLOBSEC hosts Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the main opposition candidate in the 2020 Belarus presidential election, in this fireside chat.

Belarus: Is There a Way Out of the Crisis?

September 29, 2020

Belarus is politically deadlocked. The peaceful movement protesting against veteran ruler Alexander Lukashenko and the manipulation of the presidential election on August 9 is too strong for the state to simply suppress it by force. As long as the political leadership continues to respond with...

How Russia Views the Election Aftermath in Belarus

August 18, 2020

In Moscow, all eyes are on Belarus. Russia and Belarus are intimately connected, so political actors in Russia feel an immediate connection with developments there. In formal terms, the two countries form a “union state” and an economic and defense community. Belarus is Moscow’s closest...

Belarus Is Not a Unique Case

August 14, 2020

The rigged election of President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has provoked massive protests among the citizenry. The uprising appears to have radically destabilized the authority of Lukashenko’s government. The New York Times offers this assessment: “Mr. Lukashenko’s security apparatus...

New Zealand: Between Two Great Powers

February 23, 2014

New Zealand must tread carefully between China and the US. US-China relations will play a key role in shaping the Asia Pacific in the 21st century. Meanwhile, New Zealand faces the challenge of harnessing its improved ties with both superpowers to bolster forces of integration over those of...

The US Rebalance Toward Asia

February 12, 2014

Washington's shift toward Asia has provoked feelings of insecurity within the region. Background Following promises of increased economic integration, US President Barack Obama canceled his Asia tour last October, due to the government shutdown, missing two summits: the Asia-Pacific Economic...

Lay Your Cards Down: China’s New Silk Road

November 02, 2013

The Great Game takes another twist in Central Asia. By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Chinese President Xi Jinping has recently been busy in Central Asia, on a trip that coincided with a meeting in Kyrgyzstan to attend the 13th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). While many China...

Media Freedom in the Former Soviet Union

April 17, 2013

More than two decades after the fall of the USSR many of its former republics failed to establish a democratic and open media landscape, ranking among the worst in media freedom indexes. At a Minsk café on a blustery day just before New Year’s in 2010, Franak Viačorka hesitated...

Global Piracy: Just a Seaborne Scourge or a Bigger Malady?

April 07, 2013

Maritime Piracy is bleeding the global economy and fostering political instability on the eastern and western shores of Africa more gravely than we realise. Re-emergence of maritime piracy, one of the world’s oldest crimes, in the past decade has grown into a serious global security concern...

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