Since 2016, the Trump administration has announced a series of protectionist measures: it suspended or reviewed the US participation in free trade agreements, taxing some imports, restricting foreign access to high-tech sector, and so on. Trump’s international economic policy has provoked debate in the US and around the world. Critics rushed to state that Trump was leading the US into international isolation, which could in turn lead to a global economic downturn. Foreign countries have also joined the ranks of Trump critics. China said it would resist protectionism and fight for free trade, while the longtime US allies France, Germany and Britain had to admit that the transatlantic community was going through difficult times. This article seeks to answer two questions: why has the US President administration been pursuing protectionist international economic policy and how does this policy affect transatlantic relations and Lithuania’s international position?
The article analyzes how the army and other Belarusian institutions constituting the architecture of security can make an impact on the stability of the regime. Two problematic issues are raised. The first issue deals with how the force structure system and its formal and informal control, management and definition of short-and medium-term functions determine the stability of the Belarusian regime. The second issue poses the question whether the centralization of internal and army management, definition of control and functions is the decisive factor or militarization. Attention is paid to institutional analysis. Attempts are made to reveal how and why functions of the army and security institutions are defined, which of them are formal and which are informal, and what informal institutions or organizations contribute to the efforts of formal institutions to ensure the stability of the regime.