Alternativeless Rake Treading: Explaining the Lack of Change in Belarusian Foreign Policy after the Annexation of Crimea

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Alternativeless Rake Treading: Explaining the Lack of Change in Belarusian Foreign Policy after the Annexation of Crimea

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Alternativeless Rake Treading: Explaining the Lack of Change in Belarusian Foreign Policy after the Annexation of Crimea
Author: Moshes, Elizaveta
Issue Date: 2017-09-01
Keywords: Belarus
Russian-Belarusian relations
EU-Belarus relations
post-Crimean period
Regime survival in post-Soviet space
Act of balance
Abstract: This work studies the Russia-Belarus and EU-Belarus relations in the post-Crimean period with the aim of explaining why after the initial steps away from the Russian influence in the early 2014, Belarus eventually decided to return back. Belarus shares many key characteristics with Crimea, creating a potential threat to Belarusian sovereignty and narrowing down the possible scope of maneuvering for Belarus in the post-Crimean age. Thus, initially a thaw was noted between Belarus and the EU. The factors studied in this thesis are economics, public opinion trends, political trends as well as the perceptive of Lukashenka himself. These factors demonstrate that at this moment, unless various economic and political reforms take place, Belarus yields more from a closer relationship with Russia as Moscow can and is willing to offer more incentives than Brussels. The study follows the act of balance framework, which explains any derivations from the Russia direction as attempts at maximum short-term gains rather than long-term changes.
Supervisor: Bouma, Amieke
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Studies (Bachelor)
Specialisation: BA International Studies
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/48998
 

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