The Belarusian Election: Political Analysis and Identity Crisis



Dr Elena Govor – Australian National University, School of Archaeology & Anthropology

Associate Professor Alexey Muraviev – Curtin University, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry


The European Studies Association Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) invites you to this free online event about the Belarusian election and identity crisis.

On Sunday August 9, incumbent Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected to sixth term in office, with the polls crediting him with 80% of the vote. However, the result has sparked protests throughout Belarus, with opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya claiming she did not trust the exit poll. Protesters have called for Lukashenko to step down and reject his Presidency. The EU has followed suit, claiming they do not recognise the results of the Belarus elections and will impose sanctions on those who were involved in electoral fraud and repression of protests.

Please join ESAANZ for this incredibly interesting discussion on the political fallout of this event, as well as discuss the historical context and ethno-emotional background of the events seen.

About the speakers

Dr Elena Govor: Dr Elena Govor is an Australian writer and historian based at the Australian National University. She was born and educated in Minsk, Belarus. In 1990 she came to Australia, the country of her childhood dreams, and received her Doctorate in History from the ANU in 1996. She specialises in the history of Russian-Australian contact; among her books are Australia in the Russian Mirror: Changing Perceptions, 1770-1919, Melbourne: MUP, 1997; My Dark Brother: the Story of the Illins, a Russian-Aboriginal Family, Sydney, UNSW Press 2000; Russian Anzacs in Australian History, Sydney, UNSW Press, 2005; Twelve Days at Nuku Hiva: Russian Encounters and Mutiny in the South Pacific, Honolulu, UHP, 2010; From St Petersburg to Port Jackson: Russian Travellers’ Tales of Australia 1807-1912, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2016 (with Kevin Windle & Alexander Massov).

Associate Professor Alexey Muraviev: Dr Alexey D. Muraviev is Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is the founder and Director of the Strategic Flashlight forum on national security and strategy at Curtin. Alexey was Head of Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies at Curtin in 2013-2017. Between 2016 and 2018, Alexey was academic lead of Curtin defence strategic initiative. He was also a non-residential fellow at Sea Power Centre Australia, Royal Australian Navy, and inaugural scholar-in residence, Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Alexey has published widely in the field of national security, strategic and defence studies. His research interests include problems of modern maritime power, contemporary defence and strategic policy, Russia as a Pacific power, transnational terrorism and Australian national security. Among his latest publications are ‘Australia Europe Security and Defence Cooperation in the Twenty First Century’ in ‘So Distant, So Close’ Australia and the European Union in the 21st Century (Bruno Mascitelli and Bruce Wilson (eds); ‘Russian Military Power in the Indo-Pacific’, IISS Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2019 (Routledge, IISS).