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The awakening of civil society in Belarus – is there a path for conciliation?

The presidential election held on 9 August 2020 and the subsequent popular mobilization marked the end of an era in the history of post-Soviet Belarus. Cautious and apolitical for three decades, Belarusian society seems to have awakened in a short space of time observing a profound transformation of state-society relations taking them to a qualitatively new level of self-awareness and self-organisation. This transformation however resulted in a gulf between the state/power institutions and the society itself. The need for conciliation is urgent to avoid further incarceration, torture and a possible annexation of the country by ‘friendly’ Russia to ensure its stabilisation. We will explore change and pathways for conciliation from a resilience perspective, explicating ‘the local’ as a vehicle for change.


Elena Korosteleva is a Professor at the University of Kent:


The event will be followed by a small reception.


(Picture: Максим Шикунец, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license)