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.
Biden Needs to Bolster the Power of Exiles
The U.S. democracy agenda can’t focus simply on supporting democratic governments.
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.
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.
Belarus’s Unlikely New Leader
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya didn’t set out to challenge a brutal dictatorship.
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.
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.
The West Gets Serious With Lukashenko—but Not Serious Enough
New sanctions are already affecting the regime’s behavior. Let’s tighten them.
Putin, Lukashenko Are Reluctant Authoritarian Bros
The rift with the European Union has left Belarus at the mercy of Moscow.
Forced Confessions Are the Propaganda of Terror
Belarus’s Lukashenko doesn’t want to be believed—he wants to be feared.
Defiant Belarus Snubs U.S. Ambassador
As relations between the West and Belarus crash, the U.S. envoy is barred from entering the country.
To Get at Lukashenko, Punish His ‘Moneybags’
To impress the Belarusian dictator, go after his and his associates’ wealth.
Can Biden Do Anything About Belarus?
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s brazen air piracy and increasing closeness to the Kremlin demand a response, but Washington’s next move isn’t obvious.
Biden Can’t Take Peace in Europe for Granted
After punishing Belarus, Washington should support the Three Seas Initiative to win the region back from Russia.
Authoritarianism Doesn’t Stop at the Water’s Edge
The Belarus hijacking is part of a broader trend. From Russia to Rwanda, governments are going after dissidents far beyond their borders.
Belarus ‘Hijacking’ Opens New Playbook for Autocrats
Snatching a dissident off a European Union-flagged carrier headed to another EU country opens a dangerous door.
Belarus Is Becoming Europe’s North Korea
Fear and panic spread among dissidents after journalist seized from forced-down plane.
Young Belarusians Dream of Creating a Normal European Country
A generation of entrepreneurs and artists are facing prison sentences.