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Belarusian men who joined the Ukrainian territorial defense are in Odesa, Ukraine.
Belarusian men who joined the Ukrainian territorial defense are in Odesa, Ukraine.

Odesa’s Defense Stiffened by Belarusian Volunteers

For hundreds who fled Minsk’s oppression, Ukraine’s fight has become theirs.

A Polish border post is pictured in in Zerdziny, Poland, on July 3, 2016, on the NATO nation's frontier with alliance partner Lithuania and Russia's Kaliningrad region.
A Polish border post is pictured in in Zerdziny, Poland, on July 3, 2016, on the NATO nation's frontier with alliance partner Lithuania and Russia's Kaliningrad region.

NATO Must Prepare to Defend Its Weakest Point—the Suwalki Corridor

On the Polish-Lithuanian border, the West must respond to Russia’s actual capabilities rather than making assumptions about its intent.

United States national flag flies behind white concrete embassy building.
United States national flag flies behind white concrete embassy building.

U.S. Shutters Embassy in Minsk as Belarus Backs Putin’s War

The State Department also authorizes nonessential personnel to leave the embassy in Moscow if they choose.

A man looks at paperwork on a desk presented by a poll worker.
A man looks at paperwork on a desk presented by a poll worker.

Belarus Vote to Amend Constitution Worries NATO

The changes, certain to pass, will let Russia house nuclear weapons on Belarusian soil.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko (left) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 18.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko (left) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 18.

Lukashenko Is Letting Putin Use Belarus to Attack Ukraine

Russian troops have used Belarus to stage attacks and seize Chernobyl.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko salutes troops during joint Russian-Belarusian military exercises in 2017.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko salutes troops during joint Russian-Belarusian military exercises in 2017.

Western Officials Warn Russia’s Troops in Belarus Could Be Permanent

Russian forces are in Belarus for military exercises. Will they ever leave?

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart, Aleksandr Lukashenko, hold a press conference in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart, Aleksandr Lukashenko, hold a press conference in Moscow.

Russia May Send Troops to Belarus Soon

Minsk is cautious of being used as a staging ground for an attack on Ukraine.

Concertina wire along a Polish border crossing with Belarus.
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.
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.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.

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