Belarus between Elections: Lukashenka Limited

By Balázs Jarábik and Alena Kudzko. Photo: president.gov.by 
20. May 2016  |  Eastern Partnership  |  Belarus

Over the past twenty years, Belarus has developed a reputation as the last dictatorship of Europe with Lukashenka holding unlimited power. Today, due to growing tensions in its Eastern neighbourhood, the EU seems more willing to accept this level of vexation: albeit authoritarian, Belarus has both a functional state and society. By providing small carrots (e.g. cooperation with Belarus) for the regime`s good behaviour, Brussels hopes to minimize the potential of another conflict emerging.  

Belarus 2015 elections: A cautious rapprochement with the West

By Alena Kudzko. Photo: tut.by
7. Oct 2015  |  European Union, Eastern Partnership  |  Belarus  |  Opinions

Once the symbol of authoritarian evil in Europe, Belarus is set to vote on Sunday, October 11 in its next presidential elections, which are unlikely to be any more democratic or fair than the previous round held in 2010.

Balázs Jarábik on EU-Belarus relations: Eastern Partnership is far from dead

1. Jun 2015  |  Eastern Partnership  |  Belarus  |  In the media

In his interview with EuroRadio which was re-published by Belarus’s most popular news portal Balázs J

Belarus Reality Check: Belarus from Vilnius till Riga Summits: A Nervous Winner

20. May 2015  |  Eastern Partnership  |  Belarus  |  Policy briefs

The fourth Belarus Reality Check took place on September 11, 2014 in Riga, Latvia and was organised by the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (Lithuania) in cooperation with the Central European Policy Institute (Slovakia) with the support of the Latvian Presidency of the EU, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Germany) and Pact (US). The meeting gathered top Belarusian, Russian and Western analysts, observers, and practitioners to discuss the latest political, security, and socio-economic developments in Belarus and provide evidence-based analysis and policy advice.

Jarábik in Washington on Ukraine and Belarus

25. Apr 2014  |  Eastern Partnership  |  Ukraine, Belarus, Russia
On April 22, CEPI associate fellow Balázs Jarábik took part in a panel discussion held at the Wilson Centre where he discussed security, political, and economic impact of Ukrainian developments on Belarus - particularly the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Balázs Jarábik is joining CEPI

15. Oct 2013  |  Eastern Partnership  |  Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova  |  Press releases
The pool of analysts in the Central European Policy institute is growing stronger with the arrival of Balázs Jarábik, an international development executive, who is joining as a senior fellow specializing in the Eastern Partnership.

Screwed up: hammers, nails and the Eastern Partnership

18. Jul 2013  |  Eastern Partnership  |  Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine  |  Opinions

When the only tool you have is a hammer, then it is tempting to look for nails. Following the success of the European Union’s eastward expansion in 2004, it was tempting to apply the same approach to other candidate countries. The assumptions were that the public and the elites in each case supported membership, but would need a bit of help in overcoming entrenched interests and pockets of backwardness. Tough but friendly conditionality from the European Union would help apply pressure in the right places.

What Eastern Europeans think about the democratic transition: Understanding values and attitudes

10. Jun 2013  |  Eastern Partnership  |  Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus  |  Policy briefs

More than twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, a closer look at opinion polls in four Eastern European states show two common trends: convergence on the level of values but divergence on the level of governance. While there is a growing tendency to embrace the rule of law, democratic institutions and even human rights among citizens, there is an absence of democratic institutions that could reflect the gradual shift in value preferences.