But the country has historically avoided the periodic upheavals that have convulsed regional states like Iraq and Syria.
As I write, Lithuanian politics are convulsed by allegations of vote buying by one of its political parties.
Uganda is convulsed by nationwide protests that have been met by a brutal police crackdown.
The ballot uncertainty that convulsed the nation after Florida's vote in 2000 could not happen in Mexico or Brazil.
The video was filmed before the massive violence that convulsed Kiev this week, but its message is eerily prescient.
The downfall of Louis Philippe in 1848 at once convulsed the whole of central Europe.
As the man was struggling in death's agonies, Ruter advanced and discharged a pistol-shot into the convulsed body.
Out of her eyes I could see the tears slowly welling, and her tall slim figure was convulsed with sobs.
Sleep is peaceful; death is convulsed—sleep is rest; death is separation.
Then she caught up a corner of her homely check apron, and hiding her convulsed face in its folds, she burst into bitter weeping.
1640s, transitive; 1680s, intransitive; from Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere (transitive only) "to pull away, to pull this way and that, wrench," hence "to weaken, overthrow, destroy" (see convulsion). Related: Convulsed (1630s); convulsing.
convulse con·vulse (kən-vŭls')
v. con·vulsed, con·vuls·ing, con·vuls·es
To affect with irregular and involuntary muscular contractions; throw into convulsions.