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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “Twilight of Democracy: A Conversation with author and SAIS Professor Anne Applebaum,” Sept. 23


Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen will host a virtual discussion titled “Twilight of Democracy: A Conversation with author and SAIS Professor Anne Applebaum” on Wednesday, September 23 at 11:00a.m. Applebaum, a Pulitzer prize-winning historian and staff writer for The Atlantic, recently published her latest book, “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism.” 
During the virtual event, Dean Cohen will moderate a discussion with Applebaum focused on her book, which examines why some of her contemporaries abandoned liberal democratic ideals in favor of strongman cults, nationalist movements, or one-party states. They will also discuss how advocates of illiberalism use conspiracy theories, political polarization, social media, and nostalgia to change their societies.


Anne Applebaum
Senior Fellow of International Affairs and Agora Fellow in Residence, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Author and Staff Writer, The Atlantic


Eliot A. Cohen
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Time and Date

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020


This virtual event is open to the public and media, with registration.

Media Contacts

Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Jason Lucas 
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620

About the Speaker

Anne Applebaum is a staff writer for The Atlantic and a Pulitzer-prize winning historian. She is also a Senior Fellow of International Affairs and Agora Fellow in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she co-directs LSE Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st- century propaganda. Applebaum is the author of several books, including “Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine” and “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe.” Her book “Gulag: A History” won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, and her writing has also won the Cundill, Nonino and Lionel Gelber prizes, among many others.
A Washington Post columnist for fifteen years and a former member of the editorial board, Applebaum has also worked as the Foreign and Deputy Editor of The Spectator in London, as the Political Editor of the Evening Standard, and as a columnist at Slate and at several British newspapers, including the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs. From 1988-1991, she covered the collapse of communism as the Warsaw correspondent of The Economist magazine and The Independent newspaper. 

Johns Hopkins SAIS

A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For more than 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. 
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Wednesday, September 9, 2020