The world will watch closely on August 9th when people in Belarus head to the polls to elect their next president. The country’s current president, Alexander Lukashenko, has been in power since 1994. Often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictator,’ Lukashenko has met an unlikely challenger — 37 year old Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Growing discontent over economic stagnation, mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic, and restrictions on civil liberties may cause the perfect storm for a change in power. In this event, FPRI’s Eurasia Program Director Chris Miller will speak with Katia Glod, the former Belarus representative of the European Endowment for Democracy in Minsk, about what the election results will signify for Belarus and its neighbors.
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Chris Miller - Chris Miller is the Director in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Eurasia Program. He is also Assistant Professor of International History at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Katia Glod - Katia Glod is an independent analyst and political risk consultant based in London. She advises on the politics and economics of former Soviet countries. Glod worked as the Belarus representative of the European Endowment for Democracy in Minsk. She also worked as an election observer and analyst for the OSCE in countries such as Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Albania, and North Macedonia. Earlier Glod was a Robert Bosch Academy Fellow on the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House in London. She managed research projects on labor migration and public attitudes for the Eurasian Development Bank in Russia and Kazakhstan. Glod’s research interests include democratization and authoritarianism in the former Soviet countries; the development of civil society; the EU’s Eastern Partnership; Russia’s policy towards former Soviet countries; and energy markets in former Soviet countries. Glod holds a Master’s degree in European Politics from Sussex University, and a BA in Humanities from the University of North Dakota.