Independent Thinking: Nuclear weapons in Belarus

Episode 25 of our weekly podcast examines Russia’s nuclear weapons moving into Belarus and the equipping of Belarusian forces with dual-use equipment and tech.

Published 11 May 2023 Updated 16 October 2023 25 minute listen

The panel discusses the security implications of this decision by Vladimir Putin, how it fits into Russia’s wider nuclear doctrine, and how concerned the world should be.

Also under discussion is Belarus itself, three years on from a presidential election which Aliaksandr Lukashenka was widely seen to have lost, sparking widespread pro-democracy protests.

Since then Lukashenka has crushed the opposition, journalists have been kidnapped, and the country has been drawn into Russia’s invasion against Ukraine. The panel discusses the sentiment in the country via polling data commissioned by Chatham House, and asks how best to engage with Europe’s last dictatorship.

Joining Bronwen Maddox from the Chatham House Russia and Eurasia programme are Keir Giles, senior consulting fellow, Ryhor Astapenia, director of our Belarus Initiative, and associate fellow Samantha de Bendern.

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Independent Thinking is a weekly international affairs podcast hosted by our director Bronwen Maddox, in conversation with leading policymakers, journalists, and Chatham House experts providing insight on the latest international issues.

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