Breaking the Pattern: The Relative Success of the Latest Ceasefire Agreement in Ukraine

A recent ceasefire agreement in Donbas has resulted in a significant decrease in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-led separatists and has raised hopes for the future of Ukrainian-Russian peace talks. On 22 July 2020, the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine (TCG) — a platform where representatives from Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for…

Regional Overview: Europe
1-7 November 2020

Last week, demonstrations across Eastern Europe continued at very low levels. Demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued in Belarus despite state repression as the European Union applied sanctions to members of Belarus’ elite. In Moldova, the reformist presidential candidate won the first round of elections against populist President Igor Dodon, setting the stage…

Regional Overview: Europe
25-31 October 2020

Last week, demonstrations across Eastern Europe continued at low levels. Demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued in Belarus. In Ukraine, a decision by the Constitutional Court has undermined the state’s ability to fight corruption and will likely increase public frustration with the slow pace of reforms. In Russia, demonstrations in support of former…

Regional Overview: Europe
18-24 October 2020

Last week, demonstration activity across Eastern Europe continued at low levels. Large demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued in Belarus, though neither the government nor the demonstrators have indicated a shift in demands or in resolve. Political violence surrounding 25 October local elections in Ukraine increased slightly. Demonstrations in Russia in support of…

Regional Overview: Europe
11-17 October 2020

Last week, demonstration activity across Eastern Europe continued at low levels. Large demonstrations continued in Belarus against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Anti-government demonstrations in support of former Governor of Khabarovsk Sergei Furgal continued in Russia for the 99th day, though at a diminished scale. Meanwhile, the conservative Turkish-backed candidate won presidential elections in Northern…

Regional Overview: Europe
4-10 October 2020

Last week, demonstration activity across Eastern Europe continued at generally low levels. Major demonstrations continued in Belarus against the authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Large demonstrations took place in Greece ahead of the announcement of a guilty verdict in the trials of the Greek neo-Nazi organization Golden Dawn.  In Belarus, authorities continued to crackdown on…

Regional Overview: Europe
27 September-3 October 2020

Last week, demonstration activity across Eastern Europe continued at generally low levels, similar to previous weeks. In Belarus, demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued, as demonstrators demanded the inauguration of opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya as president. In Belarus, protests against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued throughout the week, though no significant changes…

Regional Overview: Europe
20-26 September 2020

Last week, demonstration activity across Eastern Europe continued at generally low levels, similar to previous weeks. In Belarus, demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued as he conducted a closed presidential inauguration. Belarusian state forces continued to arrest and use violence against demonstrators.  In Belarus, demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued in…