This past Friday and Saturday, 28–29 April 2023, was the eighth annual Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century conference. This review begins with a short summary of the conference. I describe a few of the panel presentations and then relay some of the key insights from the 2023 Annual London Lecture on Belarusian studies delivered by Dr Paul Hansbury (whose new book is pictured in the featured image for this post). I conclude the discussion of the conference with some of my own reflections on Belarus-China relations.
This is the first in a series of weekly reviews. These reviews are reflections on what I’m thinking about and reading in relation to current events and my professional life. This week, I reflect on Bill Clinton’s comments about denuclearising post-Soviet Ukraine.