The China-Lithuania Rift Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe
China is bullying Lithuania. The EU and NATO should push back.
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.
Moscow Expands Its Military Footprint on NATO’s Borders
Russia has been wargaming with Belarus. Sometimes, that’s a prelude.
The Kremlin’s Don’t-Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign
Russia isn’t cracking heads ahead of this weekend’s parliamentary vote—just boring people away from the polls.
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.
Pressured By China, Lithuania Won’t Back Down Over Taiwan
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said his country is working to find a diplomatic solution.
Ukraine’s President Finally Has His White House Meeting
But Volodymyr Zelensky is irked with the Biden administration over its acquiescence in Russia’s big pipeline.
Ukrainians Worry Biden Will Ditch Them Next
The White House meeting is a chance to repair a damaged relationship.
Peace on Azerbaijan’s Terms Won’t End the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Baku is attempting to assert sovereignty through force and ethnic cleansing while denying Armenians the right to self-determination.
Georgia Turns Its Back on the West
The ruling Georgian Dream party is taking Tbilisi into Moscow’s orbit while eroding democratic institutions.
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.
Hungary’s Orban Tries to Snatch Mantle of Christian Democracy
Europe’s “illiberal democrat” is on a quest to remake the continent’s politics.
Edi Rama Is Building Bridges to Europe—or Nowhere
As an artist, he dreamed of the West. As Albanian prime minister, the West is letting him down.
Under Putin’s Rules, U.S. Mission in Russia Left With Skeleton Crew
So far, Biden hasn’t signaled whether there will be any retaliation.
Ukraine Won’t Stop Fighting the Nord Stream Deal
Kyiv feels let down by supposed allies in Berlin and Washington.