Belarús Exists: Unstable Balance Between a Multivector Foreign Policy and the Union Treaty with Russia

Author:
José Ángel López Jiménez

Abstract:
This article aims to research Belarus Foreign Policy from its constitution as an independent republic —after the dissolution of the Soviet Union— to the present moment. The construction of the nation state has been marked by several elements: the attempt to consolidate a neutral status, the strong dependence on Russia-economic, financial, military, cultural —and the configuration of a multivector policy. The difficulties derived from these three processes and the complexity to combine them —in some periods— during these almost three decades they also reflect the importance of internal politics in an autocratic system.

Index:
1. INTRODUCCIÓN.—2. BIELORRUSIA INDEPENDIENTE: CONSTRUCCIÓN NACIONAL E INSERCIÓN INTERNACIONAL.—2.1. Independencia y proceso de construcción estatal.—2.2. Inserción en la comunidad internacional y política exterior independiente.— 3. BIELORRUSIA Y RUSIA: UN MODELO DE RELACIONES BILATERALES ADAPTATIVAS.— 4. LAS RELACIONES ENTRE BIELORRUSIA Y LA UNIÓN EUROPEA Y LA BÚSQUEDA DE NUEVOS VECTORES.—5. CONCLUSIONES.

Keywords:
Belarus; European Union; foreign policy; Russia; Union Treaty;

Issue:
REDI Vol. 72 2 2020

Section:
Studies

Pages:
61-88

DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.17103/redi.72.2.2020.1a.02

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