Pro-democracy protesters in Minsk, Belarus, August 2020
Iva Zimova / Panos Pictures / Redu​x

Relations between Europe and the United States will never be the same after the tempestuous presidency of Donald Trump. But if President-elect Joe Biden has an opportunity to repair the damage, it lies in central and eastern Europe.

U.S. leverage in this region has historically been strong, and Washington’s influence and example are still much needed here. Recent crises have left openings for the United States to renew its diplomatic engagement: the Great COVID-19 Shutdown, a revolution in Belarus, an anticorruption uprising in Bulgaria, wars in Armenia and Ukraine, rising authoritarianism in Hungary and Poland, and a violent

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