Lukashenko Unleashed Changes in Belarus That Are Out of His Control
Whatever happens in the ongoing protests, the country’s society is increasingly less governable for a dictator.
Is Trump Touting His Diplomatic Achievements to Get Reelected?
Both parties have featured speeches from key diplomats at their conventions, with Mike Pompeo making a controversial cameo at the RNC—but they aren’t proposing much that’s new.
The Woman Who Started a Revolution in Minsk
As protests swell across the country, Belarusians are calling for the return of the unlikely politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
Is Belarus Putin’s Next Target?
As protests rock another post-Soviet state, the Kremlin could be in an annexationist mood.
Europe Must Stand Up for Belarus
The crisis has come at the worst possible time, but red lines must be set.
Putin Is Ruling Russia Like a Central Asian Dictator
The Kremlin didn’t invent term limit resets and constitutional referendums. The autocratic leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan blazed the trail.
Lukashenko Is Putin’s Future
The Russian president may seem invincible, but the descent of his Belarusian comrade may hint at what’s to come.
The Birth of Belarusian Nationalism
In trying to bring Belarus and Russia together, Lukashenko may have awakened his country’s citizens to how independent they really want to be.
Belarus May Be Key to Solving NATO’s Problems with Russia
Tensions between Moscow and Brussels have led to a dangerous militarization of Eastern Europe. But Minsk is showing an alternative.
Zombie Movies, Disaster Tourism, and Broken Lives
Thirty-three years after the Chernobyl meltdown, parts of the contaminated zone have become attractions. In others, a harsher reality persists.
Is Russia Practicing a Dry Run for an Invasion of Belarus?
With tensions worsening between the two countries, Russia’s massive military exercise is firing a couple thousand warning shots at a reluctant ally.
Trump Calls Duterte, Venezuela Protests, Belarus Cracks Down: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead
Catch up on the top headlines from the weekend, and learn what to watch in the days to come.