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Belarus: An Overview [Updated May 19, 2020]   [open pdf - 457KB]

From the Document: "In recent years, observers have debated the prospects for change in the foreign and domestic policies of Belarus, an authoritarian state in Eastern Europe with close economic and security ties to Russia (see Figure 1). Although the U.S.-Belarus relationship has been difficult, the two countries have taken steps to normalize relations, including an agreement to appoint ambassadors for the first time since 2008. Few observers anticipate major governance or foreign policy changes in Belarus in the near term. Some, however, believe incremental shifts may be possible. Congressional policy toward Belarus previously has focused on the promotion of democracy and human rights, including via the imposition of sanctions. The renewal of U.S. diplomatic relations with Belarus and Belarus's growing rift with Russia may be of interest to some Members of Congress."

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CRS In Focus, IF10814
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2020-05-19
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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