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Independent Belarus: Domestic Determinants, Regional Dynamics, and Implications for the West

by Margarita M Balmaceda, James I Clem, Lisbeth L Tarlow and Patricia Brukoff Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
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The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 ushered in a period of democratization and market reform extending across the East-Central European region, with one important exception: Belarus. Ironically, Belarus's fledgling attempts at democracy produced a leader who has suspended the post-Soviet constitution and its institutions and created a personal dictatorship. Located in the center of the European continent, Belarus lies at the crossroads of an expanded NATO and the Russian 'near abroad.' This fact underlines the importance of Belarus to European security and to East-West relations. To discuss developments in Belarus, an international group of scholars and policymakers gathered at Harvard University in 1999. The broad spectrum of issues covered is examined in this volume, providing an understanding of Belarus today and its prospects for the future. In addition to the editors, contributors include Timothy Colton, David Marples, Uladzimir Padhol, Rainer Lindner, Patricia Brukoff, Leonid Zlotnikov, Arkadii Moshes, Andrei Sannikov, Yuri Drakokhrust, Dmitri Furman, John Reppert, Astrid Sahm, Kirsten Westphal, Hrihoriy Perepelytsia, Algirdas Gricius, Agnieszka Magzdiak-Miszewska, Hans-Georg Wieck, Sherman Garnett, Elaine Conkievich, and Caryn Wilde.
This book will be vital reading for anyone interested in Belarus or security issues on the eastern edge of the expanding European Union. P. Rutland Choice
Margarita M. Balmaceda is Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University. James I. Clem is Executive Officer, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Lisbeth Tarlow is Associate Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. Timothy J. Colton is the Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, and the Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, at Harvard University. Elaine M. Conkievich is Deputy Head, Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, Yerevan, Armenia. Yuri Drakokhrust is an editor at the Belarusian Service of Radio Liberty, Prague, Czech Republic. Dmitri Furman is Director of the Commonwealth of Independent States Research Center, Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Europe. Algirdas Gricius is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University. Rainer Lindner is a Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of History and Sociology, University of Konstanz, Germany. David R. Marples is Professor of History at the University of Alberta. Arkadii Moshes is Head of Section and Researcher at the European Security and Arms Control Section, European Policy Department, Institute of Europe. Uladzimir Padhol is Professor of Philosophy at the Belarusian People's University, Minsk. Hrihoriy Perepelytsia is Head of the Military Department of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, Ukraine, and Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv. John C. Reppert is Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Astrid Sahm is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science, Mannheim University. Andrei Sannikov is a Member of both the Coordinating Council of Democratic Forces of Belarus and of the National Executive Council. Kirsten Westphal is a Fellow at the Institute of Politics, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany. Hans-Georg Wieck is the Former Head of the OSCE Advisory and Monitoring Group in Belarus. Caryn Wilde is a Consultant and International Development Specialist currently advising USAID/Russia. Leonid Zlotnikov is an Economic Consultant at the International Finance Corporation, Minsk.