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Belarus' Foreign Policy in a time of crisis

Korosteleva, Elena (2011) Belarus' Foreign Policy in a time of crisis. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 27 (3-4). pp. 3-23. ISSN 1352-3279. (doi:10.1080/13523279.2011.595167) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:50251)

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As with the rest of the world, Belarus has been affected by the global economic crisis.

However, the main consequences for the country were less economic, but rather

political in nature. Although closely connected with Russia, it was not the spillover

of the crisis, such as the reduction in its hitherto ‘miraculous’ levels of

economic growth to almost nothing in one year, that hit Belarus hard. Instead, it was

Russia’s deliberate politics of ‘pragmatization’, directed at its ‘near abroad’ to

facilitate compliance of and interdependence with its neighbours, which dramatically

altered Belarus’s foreign policy landscape. The two principal corollaries of the

global crisis for Belarus therefore included the new and irreversible search (successful

or otherwise) for diversification away from Russia, and the reinvigorated sense of

sovereignty with which Belarus now attempts to rebuild itself domestically and


Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13523279.2011.595167
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: [UNSPECIFIED] Economic and Social Research Council
Depositing User: Elena Korosteleva
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2015 14:34 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:20 UTC
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