Ahead of elections later this year, the state once dubbed "Europe's Last Dictatorship" is launching a fierce new crackdown on journalists and human rights defenders.
Regions / Belarus
Many Afghans are angry at Pakistan for aiding the Taliban.
Will Belarus buck the recent trend and give up its sovereignty to merge with Russia?
A dangerous blind spot in the incoming administrations view of Russian affairs is its inadequate understanding of the significance of the newly independent states.