Belarus

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.

Belarus democracy protesters in Berlin

To Get at Lukashenko, Punish His ‘Moneybags’

To impress the Belarusian dictator, go after his and his associates’ wealth.

A woman holds a banner during a protest against the detention of the Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich in front of the European Commission representative office on May 24, 2021 in Warsaw, Poland.

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.

Belarus guards are seen patrolling a border fence during a protest by Reporters Without Borders against the detention of Belarus journalist Roman Protasevich at the Lithuanian-Belarus border in Salcininkai, Lithuania, on May 27.

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.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks in parliament in Minsk on May 26.

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.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko

Lukashenko Has No Limits

Europe should offer Belarusians a way to escape their dictator.

Protesters gather in Poland demanding Belarus free opposition activist Roman Protasevich.

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.

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya speaks to journalists.

Belarus Is Becoming Europe’s North Korea

Fear and panic spread among dissidents after journalist seized from forced-down plane.

Masked women hold flowers during an anti-government protest in Belarus.

Young Belarusians Dream of Creating a Normal European Country

A generation of entrepreneurs and artists are facing prison sentences.

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