COVID, Politics and Post-Soviet Societies: StrategEast’s Westernization Report 2021

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COVID, Politics and Post-Soviet Societies: StrategEast’s Westernization Report 2021

19th April 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Since the end of the Cold War, the 15 successor states to the Soviet Union have adopted different paths to their economic and political transition. Some, like those in the Baltics, have become democratic and liberal, while others, such as Belarus and Tajikistan, remain authoritarian regimes.

‘The Westernization Report’, issued by the Washington D.C.-based StrategEast think-tank, highlights the most important political and economic events that occurred in 14 post-Soviet countries (excluding Russia) in 2020.  Covering topics from political unrest in Kyrgyzstan and Belarus to the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Report also analyses how the COVID-19 pandemic became a key trigger for socio-political changes in this broad region.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to join the Founder and President of StrategEast Anatoly Motkin in a presentation of the Westernization Report and in a discussion about the nations of the post-Soviet region.


Anatoly Motkin, the Founder and President of StrategEast, is a successful technology investor with years of experience in political consulting and media entrepreneurship in the Eurasian region. He began his career as a political consultant both in Israel and Eurasia. He later moved from politics to media, helping to start one of the leading Russian language media companies in Israel. Mr. Motkin has served as an advisor and investor to both the public and private sectors, by successfully backing a number of Israeli IT projects, developed in the High Technologies Park in Belarus. As his career has shifted over time, Mr. Motkin has consistently shown his dedication to improving business practices and government transparency in the Eurasian region. Mr Motkin’s extensive background has led him to deepen his focus on reinforcement of the values of rule of law and private property protection in the former Soviet region through the creation of StrategEast.


Sam Armstrong joined the Henry Jackson Society in August 2018. He is responsible for leading the Society’s media work and he acts as the first point of contact for journalists.  Sam also leads HJS’ investigative output and policy engagement. Prior to joining the Society, Sam Armstrong worked as Chief of Staff to a Conservative Member of Parliament. Before this, he worked in the Conservative Party’s anti-UKIP division. An experienced broadcast commentator in his own right, Sam has appeared on all of the UK’s major news outlets. Samuel offers expert insight to broadcast outlets on a wide-ranging brief of domestic, security and foreign policy matters. Sam also coordinates the strategy and communications of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, the global alliance of bipartisan parliamentarians concerned about the conduct of the Peoples’ Republic of China. He’s often asked to advise legislators around the world on policy responses to the CCP. Sam Armstrong holds a degree in History and Politics from the University of Nottingham.


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19th April 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


Anatoly Motkin, Sam Armstrong


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