Belarus is at a tipping point as the authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenka’s regime crumbles under the weight of mass popular protests. The European Union has pledged support for the opposition, which is preparing for a transition, but Lukashenka is clinging to power. And with fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin will prop up his Belarusian ally, what comes next is anyone’s guess. Joining Susan and Greg to discuss what’s going on, possible future scenarios and what Western countries must urgently do is David Kramer, Franak Viacorka and Vladimir Kobets. First, ICWA managing editor Dan Peleschuk describes his arrest in Minsk during a brutal crackdown by the security forces.
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Executive Director, International Strategic Action Network for Security
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Director, European and Eurasian Studies Program, Florida International University
Vice President, Digital Communication Network
Journalist, digital media strategist
Managing Editor, Institute of Current World Affairs
Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs
Journalist, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power
Director, Transatlantic Democracy Working Group
Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
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