Concertina wire along a Polish border crossing with Belarus.

Will Poland’s Border Emergency Become Permanent?

After months of closure, Foreign Policy gets an authorized glimpse into the militarized Polish-Belarusian border zone.

Soldiers from the Polish Armed Forces rest.

The European Union Owes Poland a Thank You

Brussels likes to ostracize the Polish government, but Warsaw has just done the entire continent a favor.


How the Belarus Crisis Boosted Poland’s Ruling Party

By focusing on an external enemy, the Law and Justice Party is trying to transform its image in Brussels and beyond.

Migrant children peer through a barbed wire fence as security forces in riot gear on the other side look back at them.

The Poland-Belarus Border Crisis Is a Harbinger of the Future

The crisis is a window into the pitfalls of prevailing migration politics.

Servicemen salute as their tanks move through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2021.

Is Russia Preparing to Invade Ukraine?

Moscow’s military buildup is raising eyebrows in Washington as Belarus ups the ante in its standoff with the EU.

Migrant children pose for the camera in a tent camp on the Belarusian-Polish border on Nov. 11.

Don’t Blame Belarus. Blame Brussels.

The migrant crisis on the EU’s eastern border is the result of an incoherent and inhumane European migration policy ripe for exploitation by autocrats.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks to border army units.

Belarus Is Risking Crisis on the Polish Border

The “weaponization” of migrants and growing provocations leave Warsaw few options.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart, Aleksandr Lukashenko

Belarus Boots U.S. Diplomatic Staff, Mimicking Putin

Belarusian strongman Aleksandr Lukashenko seems to have learned that neutering U.S. diplomacy is cost-free.

Polish soldiers construct a barbed-wire fence on the border with Belarus

Russia and Belarus Are Using Migrants as a Weapon Against the EU

Authoritarian regimes in Moscow and Minsk are aiding Iraqis and Afghans in order to sow chaos and domestic discord in Eastern European countries.

Former Hong Kong lawmaker Nathan Law, now in exile in the U.K., speaks at a rally for Hong Kong democracy at Marble Arch on June 12, 2021 in London.

Biden Needs to Bolster the Power of Exiles

The U.S. democracy agenda can’t focus simply on supporting democratic governments.

Flags of Lithuania, the United States, and NATO are hoisted in front of a U.S. Air Force plane carrying U.S. soldiers at the air force base near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithuania, on April 26, 2014.

Is Lithuania the West’s First Line of Defense?

The small Baltic nation is facing down threats from authoritarian regimes in Russia, Belarus, and China.

A picture taken in 1961 shows the newly built Berlin Wall near Potsdamer Platz.

Belarus and Hong Kong Are Building the 21st Century’s Berlin Walls

Sixty years ago, a barrier in Berlin transformed Europe overnight. Today, authoritarian regimes are following in East Germany’s footsteps by barring their citizens from leaving.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya addresses the U.N. Security Council from her office in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sept. 4, 2020.

Belarus’s Unlikely New Leader

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya didn’t set out to challenge a brutal dictatorship.

A Belarusian athlete arrives at an international airport.

The Geopolitical Stakes of Olympic Perfection—and Defection

The Tokyo Games have brought a surge of nationalism and laid bare the methods of autocrats like Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.

A picture of the Belarusian exile Vitaly Shishov is held by an activist

The Belarusian Diaspora Is Terrified as Lukashenko’s Killings Spiral

The death of Vitaly Shishov shows Minsk is willing to strike beyond its own borders.

Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks at a conference of the Union of Women in Minsk on Sept. 17, 2020.

The West Gets Serious With Lukashenko—but Not Serious Enough

New sanctions are already affecting the regime’s behavior. Let’s tighten them.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian strongman Aleksandr Lukashenko pose on a boat.

Putin, Lukashenko Are Reluctant Authoritarian Bros

The rift with the European Union has left Belarus at the mercy of Moscow.

Protesters hold photos of detained Belarusian journalists

Forced Confessions Are the Propaganda of Terror

Belarus’s Lukashenko doesn’t want to be believed—he wants to be feared.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks.

Defiant Belarus Snubs U.S. Ambassador

As relations between the West and Belarus crash, the U.S. envoy is barred from entering the country.

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