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    Russian-Belarusian Integration as a Part of the Integration on the Post-Soviet Space: Myth and Reality

    Marina Shabasova | Associate Professor of History at Belarusian State University | Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Indiana University

      When Apr 23, 2014
      from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
      Where FedEx GEC Rm 2008/2010
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      This talk will examine relations between Belarus and Russia in the post-Soviet period, surveying the uneven course of efforts to integrate the two states into a single union and the impact of Putin’s policies on those efforts. The apparent closeness of the two states is reflected in extensive rhetoric about the friendship of the two “brotherly peoples”; however, relations fall far short of a genuine partnership, and each side promotes its own interests, sometimes in conflict with those of its ostensible partner. Among other aspects of the topic, the talk will address the response of Belarus to the Russian military engagement with Georgia in 2008 and to Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine. While Belarus prefers to stay out of conflicts between neighboring states and has recognized the new Ukrainian government, Russia is obviously trying to gain Belarusian support for its policies in Ukraine, something that threatens Belarus with further isolation and deeper dependence on Russia.



      Lunch from Panera Provided
      Contact to RSVP by April 17th
      Box Lunch will be provided by Panera Bread. Lunch includes selected sandwich (w/ condiment packets), potato chips, pickle spear, and cookie.  Please send in your lunch order by Thursday, April 17, to Violet at If you have dietary restrictions, please let her know.