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A conversation with leader of the democratic opposition in Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

What can officials in the United States do to support the democratic movement in Belarus in the face of continuing repression and state terror from Lukashenka’s regime? Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the democratic opposition in Belarus, joins live from the Atlantic Council to discuss.

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Thu, May 27, 2021

Lukashenka’s plane piracy: What to do about the Belarus crisis

Online Event Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka pulled the world into his brutal sphere of repression by forcing a passenger plane to land so he could arrest a journalist. Now, the world looks at how to respond to this dangerous transnational repression.

8:00am Belarus Infrastructure Protection International Norms Terrorism

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Thu, Sep 23, 2021

No regrets: One Woman in White’s story from exile

Kostyugova is one of the hundreds of thousands of Belarusians who have fled their country since 2020. “My mother is in prison. I’m in exile. I didn’t expect this. But without, we didn’t understand the value of human rights and democracy,” Kostyugova affirms.

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Belarus Resilience & Society

Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Russia fears the Belarusization of Belarus

Moscow commentators are alarmed by signs of strengthening national identity in Belarus and warn that "Belarusization" could lead to a decline in Russian influence, much as it has done in nearby Ukraine.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Resilience & Society

Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Global Sanctions Dashboard: Summer Edition

The Global Sanctions Dashboard aims to inform economic statecraft policies by analyzing sanctions globally and identifying trends across lists in partnership with Castellum.AI.

EconoGraphics by Julia Friedlander, Michael Albanese and Castellum.AI

Afghanistan Belarus

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

Russian-Belarusian military merger accelerates on NATO’s eastern flank

The accelerating military merger between Russia and Belarus is dramatically altering the regional security equation and creating an authoritarian army on the European Union's eastern frontier.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Russia

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing August 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

Afghanistan Belarus

Tue, Sep 14, 2021

Belarus dictator poses growing threat to Ukraine

Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka's growing dependence on the Kremlin is allowing Vladimir Putin to expand his military presence in Belarus and creating a new front in Russia's hybrid war against Ukraine.

UkraineAlert by Lisa Yasko

Belarus Conflict

Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford discuss the brewing refugee crisis in Eastern Europe and the new Taliban government

On September 10, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss Belarus’ attempt to inundate Eastern Europe with migrants, threats to democracy in Brazil, and the newly announced Taliban government in Afghanistan.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Belarus

Wed, Sep 8, 2021

Belarus and Europe’s new Iron Curtain

Kremlin-backed Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka's weaponization of illegal migration has forced neighboring EU members to introduce tougher border restrictions and led to talk of a new Iron Curtain.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus European Union

Fri, Sep 3, 2021

Broadening the pressure on the Lukashenka regime

Recent news of fresh IMF financing for Belarus has sparked controversy at a time when the democratic world is seeking to impose sanctions on the country's Kremlin-backed dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

UkraineAlert by Daniel Fried

Belarus Economic Sanctions

Wed, Sep 1, 2021

Putin militarizes Belarus

Russian anti-aircraft missile crews arrived at a new base in Belarus last week as Vladimir Putin continues to transform his small western neighbor into an unofficial extension of Russia's Western Military District.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Russia