Eastern Europe

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.

People protest outside of the Turkish consulate on the anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Beverly Hills, California, on April 24.

Turkey Will Never Recognize the Armenian Genocide

It’s time for Yerevan to shift gears and work toward rapprochement with Ankara.

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, Rob Portman, and Chris Murphy lay flowers at a memorial.

Sen. Shaheen: Ukrainian Officials Are “Anxious”

A senior member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Nord Stream 2, Belarus, and Biden’s upcoming summit with Putin.

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.

Anti-corruption activists in Kyiv.

Ukraine Wants to Be Cryptocurrency Central

Kyiv’s big bet on digital money could backfire and make the country’s corruption problems worse.

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.

An Air France Boeing 777

Russia Blocks 2 Airlines Over Belarus Spat

Not all airlines have been affected, but Air France and Austrian Airlines have been forced to cancel flights.

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.

Armenians walk past an armored personnel carrier of Russian peacekeepers to visit the Dadivank monastery on the outskirts of Kalbajar in Nagorno-Karabakh on Nov. 18, 2020. The territory has since been transferred to Azerbaijan.

Nagorno-Karabakh Is Moscow’s Latest Frozen Conflict

Russian peacekeepers have radically reshaped the region.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a meeting in Kyiv on May 6.

In Kyiv, Blinken Shows a New Face for the U.S.

After Trump, Biden’s top diplomat works to patch up relations with Ukraine—and with beleaguered U.S. diplomats

Russians protest against President Vladimir Putin's government at Pushkin Square in Moscow on Jan. 23.

A New Sanctions Strategy to Contain Putin’s Russia

It’s time for America and Europe to start putting serious economic pressure on Putin’s regime.

Sahak Tavukcu mops the floor of the Surp Hresdagabet Church in Istanbul.

For Turkey’s Armenians, Biden’s Genocide Declaration Makes Little Difference

A century after the mass killings, Armenians in Turkey are still outcasts.

Nord Stream 2 road sign in Germany

How to Break the Logjam Over Nord Stream 2

The Russo-German pipeline has zero impact on European security. But Ukraine should be helped.

Blinken meets von der Leyen in Brussels.

Biden Can’t Avoid Getting Tough on Europe Much Longer

The fuzzy goodwill between Washington and Europe has lulled the continent into a false comfort.

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