By Stas Gorelik. When mass demonstrations erupted in Belarus in August 2020, Russia supported President Alyaksandr Lukashenka with a loan of around 1.5 billion dollars. Yet, the question of how international players can influence protest mobilization has not been researched in earnest.
Category: Trajectories of Change
“Trajectories of Change” presents new research projects on transformation processes in the countries of the so-called European Neighbourhood. The blog entries originate from the PhD scholarship programme run since 2014 by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. The series attempts to combine the critical revision of regional and transregional geographies with studies in entangled histories and to examine complex change trajectories in the East of Europe, the Middle East as well as in the Maghreb and Sahel regions. The goal is to foster an intellectual debate going beyond the ambiguity of the culturally constructed “East” and beyond the artificial divide between the eastern and southern European Neighbourhood. The series is curated by Anna Hofmann.
By Žilvinas Švedkauskas. As rightly noted in the introduction to this TRAFO series, the boundary between Europe and its neighborhood has historically been and remains highly ambiguous, though little questioned.
By Anna Hofmann. The revolutionary moments of the Arab Spring in 2011 and the Ukrainian “Euromaidan” in 2014 called for a remarkable rise of public and academic attention towards regions in the east and south of the European continent.