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Unionen mellan Ryssland och Vitryssland. En studie av ett regionalt samarbete

Lindhqvist, Sergei LU (2010) STVM01 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract
After its independence in 1991 the Republic of Belarus found itself situated in a strategic position between Russia and the Western bloc. After electing Aliaksandr Lukashenka as the first president of Belarus in 1994 the country has embarked on a direction of close integration with the Russian Federation. Meanwhile Belarus has moved away from national independence and abandoned democracy in favour of an increasingly authoritarian regime. The new policy of close ties with Russia resulted in an agreement of a Community of Russia and Belarus in 1996, then a Union in 1997 and a Union State or confederation in December 1999. In this essay I examine and analyse the reasons for Russia and Belarus to unite, how the Union project has proceeded and... (More)
After its independence in 1991 the Republic of Belarus found itself situated in a strategic position between Russia and the Western bloc. After electing Aliaksandr Lukashenka as the first president of Belarus in 1994 the country has embarked on a direction of close integration with the Russian Federation. Meanwhile Belarus has moved away from national independence and abandoned democracy in favour of an increasingly authoritarian regime. The new policy of close ties with Russia resulted in an agreement of a Community of Russia and Belarus in 1996, then a Union in 1997 and a Union State or confederation in December 1999. In this essay I examine and analyse the reasons for Russia and Belarus to unite, how the Union project has proceeded and why. The research includes a period of study in Minsk. There are strong historical, economic, political and strategic reasons for Belarus and Russia to cooperate closely but nevertheless many of the aims remain unfulfilled. The main explanations are different opinions on what type of integration is desirable and the fear of the countries to lose independence and/or freedom of action. The vast differences in size and resources contribute to these difficulties. (Less)
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Lindhqvist, Sergei LU
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STVM01 20101
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Belarus, Russia, union, integration, sovereignty
language
Swedish
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Uppsatsarbetet har delvis gjorts vid Vitryska statliga universitetet i Minsk, Vitryssland, med hjälp av stipendium från Svenska institutet. Jag vill rikta ett stort tack till SI och till min kontaktperson och handledare vid institutionen för internationella relationer vid universitetet Viktor G. Sjadurskij, samt till alla andra i Lund och Minsk som har hjälpt till.
Tiden i Minsk ledde också till en artikel som publicerades i Nordisk Nordisk Østforum.
Viktor Sjadurskij och Sergei Lindhqvist: Unionen mellan Ryssland och Vitryssland: sökandet efter en integrationsmodell. Nordisk Østforum nr 1, 2008

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1583163
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  abstract     = {After its independence in 1991 the Republic of Belarus found itself situated in a strategic position between Russia and the Western bloc. After electing Aliaksandr Lukashenka as the first president of Belarus in 1994 the country has embarked on a direction of close integration with the Russian Federation. Meanwhile Belarus has moved away from national independence and abandoned democracy in favour of an increasingly authoritarian regime. The new policy of close ties with Russia resulted in an agreement of a Community of Russia and Belarus in 1996, then a Union in 1997 and a Union State or confederation in December 1999.  In this essay I examine and analyse the reasons for Russia and Belarus to unite, how the Union project has proceeded and why. The research includes a period of study in Minsk. There are strong historical, economic, political and strategic reasons for Belarus and Russia to cooperate closely but nevertheless many of the aims remain unfulfilled. The main explanations are different opinions on what type of integration is desirable and the fear of the countries to lose independence and/or freedom of action. The vast differences in size and resources contribute to these difficulties.},
  author       = {Lindhqvist, Sergei},
  keyword      = {Belarus,Russia,union,integration,sovereignty},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Unionen mellan Ryssland och Vitryssland. En studie av ett regionalt samarbete},
  year         = {2010},
}