Following the recent grounding of an Irish airline carrying a Belarusian dissident, President Alexander Lukashenko's fight for power has suddenly taken on international implications. A panel of experts will discuss Belarusian developments since the opposition protests last year and the role of Russia and the West in shaping the fate of Lukashenko and the prospects for Belarusian democracy.
Moderator: Professor Edward Schatz, Acting Director, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. He recently published Slow Anti-Americanism: Social Movements and Symbolic Politics in Central Asia with Stanford University Press.
Mark MacKinnon is currently based in London, where he is The Globe and Mail’s Senior International Correspondent. In that posting he has reported on the refugee crisis, the rise of Islamic State, the war in eastern Ukraine, and the Brexit referendum. He was internationally recognized for his 2016 story “The Graffiti Kids,” which followed the lives of the teenagers who inadvertently started the Syrian war.
Amelie Tolvin is a current MA candidate at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto.
Professor Way’s research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism in the former Soviet Union and the developing world. His most recent book (with Steven Levitsky), Social Revolution and Authoritarian Durability in the Modern World (forthcoming Princeton University Press) provides a comparative historical explanation of the extraordinary durability of autocracies born of violent social revolution.