Central European University Press has recognized Margarita M. Balmaceda, Ph.D., professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, for her book, Living the High Life in Minsk. Balmaceda received the award for Best Foreign Monograph on Belarus at the 5th International Congress of Belarusian Studies in Kaunas.
"I am very delighted about this prize, as the short list contained ten other very fine books by distinguished authors in the U.S., Germany, Canada and elsewhere, published by Harvard, Indiana, and Wisconsin and other nice publishing houses,” says Balmaceda.
Based on extensive field research in Belarus, Living the High Life in Minsk explores the issues of authoritarian resilience and counter-power of weaker allies vs. more powerful ones. In the book, Balmaceda analyzes the role of energy relations, policies, and discourses as factors of stability and conflict in the management of president Aleksandr Lukashenko's relationship with three constituencies key to the resilience of his regime: Russian actors, the Belarusian nomenklatura, and the Belarusian electorate.
“This prize -- and this book -- would not have been possible without the continued support I have received from the School throughout the years,” says Balmaceda. “Everybody helped -- from Dean Bartoli with his "gut feeling" belief in my work, to Courtney Smith helping smooth out many bureaucratic issues, to Susan Malcolm, who helps us remain calm even in the midst of crisis, to all the fellow faculty who have provided research insights and the example and inspiration of their own work!"
Living the High Life in Minsk was profiled on the Seton Hall University news feed earlier this year. Click here to read that essay