While the EU and the United States enacted strong repercussions for the violent crackdowns following Belarus' December presidential elections, long-term stability will require moving beyond the current political stalemate.
As Ukraine continues to reinvent itself both domestically and internationally, the U.S.-Ukraine strategic dialogue remains steady and future-oriented. This bilateral relationship will remain an important factor both in Ukraine’s domestic reforms and in its regional importance.
With emerging powers such as China, India, and Brazil capturing the limelight at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Ukraine seemed to have little to share with the world and even less to learn from it.
Built gradually on a foundation of growing consensus and electoral support, Moldova’s political change may be more sustainable in the long term than the color revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine.
The recent revolution in Tunisia demonstrates that the complete stifling of political opposition does not guarantee longevity for authoritarian regimes.
The recent reset between Russia and the West is being used by Moscow as a tool for the legitimization and perpetuation of the Russian status-quo and hasn’t prevented the strengthening of repressive policies inside Russia.
If the West responds to the recent violent crackdown in Belarus by isolating the country's people and cutting off all dialogue with the authorities in Minsk, it misses the chance to empower more forward-looking elements in Belarusian society and within the ruling regime.
Following last month's presidential election and subsequent government crackdown on opposition activists, Belarus is at a strategic crossroads, but a swift response by Minsk could salvage the country's course toward reform and greater integration.
The presidential elections in Belarus were marred by serious irregularities in the voting process, which led to violence on the streets of Minsk. The key question at this point is why, despite moderate improvements over previous elections, things went wrong.
Alexander Lukashenko may have won a fourth term as president of Belarus, but he now faces both an opposition capable of mass mobilization and international partners in Europe and Russia that are growing tired of paying to maintain his status quo.