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Washington’s Kurdish Client Collapses

The crisis at the border of Belarus is just half the story

Why would Kurdish migrants flee their Western-style democratic regime?

  • Ted Galen Carpenter
  • The American Conservative

Acute tensions over Taiwan and Ukraine have largely eclipsed another troubling international news story.

A nasty confrontation has developed in recent months between Belarus and NATO members Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia over Alexander Lukashenko’s campaign to encourage and assist Middle Eastern refugees to seek asylum in those neighboring countries.

Lukashenko’s motive is to put pressure on the three countries and the European Union to ease sanctions the EU imposed on Belarus over that government’s…

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