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Conference on the Implications of the East European Elections: Ukraine and Belarus

Recorded on September 28, 2004

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

The state of Ukrainian and Belorussian politics has raised concerns in Washington: Government-led crackdowns on political rivals, problematic relationships with Russia and the economic challenges prevent the two states from integrating into Euro-Atlantic space. Both countries are facing pivotal elections: presidential in Ukraine and parliamentary in Belarus. Oligarchic competition in Ukraine and President Lukashenka's authoritarian ambitions in Belarus threaten to derail democracy in both countries. The outcome of these elections is pivotal to American and Russian ties with both nations. Join us as our distinguished group scholars offer their unique perspective on these important issues.