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Anne Applebaum

Senior Fellow of International Affairs

Agora Fellow in Residence


Anne Applebaum is a prize-winning historian with a particular expertise in the history of communist and post-communist Europe, and a foreign policy columnist for the Washington Post. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University and a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, where she co-leads ARENA, a research project on disinformation and 21st century propaganda. She 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. Anne is a former member of the Washington Post editorial board, a former deputy editor of the Spectator magazine, and a former Warsaw correspondent of The Economist. She writes regularly for the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs and many other publications. She has a BA from Yale University, an MSc from the London School of Economics and honorary doctorates from Georgetown and Kyiv Mohyla Universities.


In the News

This is how Reaganism and Thatcherism end.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 2/10

The case for abolishing the eurogroup.

Anne Applebaum cited in Financial Times, 1/30

Brexit reveals a whole new set of political wounds.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 1/29

The disturbing campaign against Poland’s judges.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 1/28

These global opinions columns helped us make sense of the world in 2019.

Anne Applebaum’s column cited in The Washington Post, 12/17

The decade in democracy.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on WNYC, 12/17

The false romance of Russia.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic 12/12

Slovakia’s president suggests a way out of the world’s populist quagmire.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Washington Post, 10/15

U.S. foreign policy is for sale. Who else is buying?

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Washington Post, 10/11