Vitali Silitski

Vitali Silitski, PhD

Visiting Scholar from Belarus 2006 - 2007

Stanford University
Encina Hall C
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

(650) 723-4610 (voice)

Research Interests

Comparative democratization and international influences on democratization, electoral revolutions, preemptive authoritarianism in the former Soviet Union and the international context, internal developments in Belarus, political economy of Belarus-Russia integration, EU and Belarus relations.


Vitali Silitski received his PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University. He worked as an associate professor at the European Humanities University in Minsk, Belarus, a position he was forced to leave in 2003 after publicly criticizing the government of President Alexander Lukashenka. He is currently working on a book titled The Long Road from Tyranny: Post-Communist Authoritarianism and Struggle for Democracy in Serbia and Belarus. Dr. Silitski is also a freelance analyst for Freedom House Nations in Transit Report, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Oxford Analytica. In 2004-2005, he was a Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy.