Eastern Europe

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Moscow Expands Its Military Footprint on NATO’s Borders

Russia has been wargaming with Belarus. Sometimes, that’s a prelude.

A man walks past a United Russia party campaign poster in Moscow.

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.

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.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis addresses the media at a press conference.

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.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks with Lloyd Austin.

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.

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past a flag of the United States.

Ukrainians Worry Biden Will Ditch Them Next

The White House meeting is a chance to repair a damaged relationship.

A man walks on a bridge decorated with flags of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

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.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili takes off his protective facemask before delivering a speech at the Georgian Parliament, in Tbilisi, on Feb. 22.

Georgia Turns Its Back on the West

The ruling Georgian Dream party is taking Tbilisi into Moscow’s orbit while eroding democratic institutions.

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.

The Hungarian prime minister is at a press conference.

Hungary’s Orban Tries to Snatch Mantle of Christian Democracy

Europe’s “illiberal democrat” is on a quest to remake the continent’s politics.

Albanian prime minister flashes victory sign.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands with U.S. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan in Moscow.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden

Ukraine Won’t Stop Fighting the Nord Stream Deal

Kyiv feels let down by supposed allies in Berlin and Washington.

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