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Anne Applebaum

Senior Fellow of International Affairs

Agora Fellow in Residence

About

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.

Expertise


In the News

The increasing fragility of democracy in a divided world.

Anne Applebaum cited in National Post, 9/15

The lure of authoritarianism.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on CBC Radio, 9/14

In Trump’s virtual world, real catastrophes do not compute.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 9/13

‘Who is putting these ideas in his head?’

Anne Applebaum conducted interview in The Atlantic, 9/4

The twilight of democracy and the rise of authoritarianism.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on the Keen On podcast, 9/1

Twilight of democracy.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Relations podcast, 8/31

The rise of authoritarianism and dangerous power of conspiracy theories.

Anne Applebaum interviewed in Business Insider, 8/23

The 22-year-old blogger behind protests in Belarus.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 8/21

How to fix democracy.

Anne Applebaum participated in Bertelsmann Foundation webinar, 8/19

The tragic romance of the nostalgic western liberal.

Anne Applebaum’s book reviewed in Foreign Policy, 8/15

The facts just aren’t getting through.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 8/9

When conservatives fall for demagogues.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on The New York Times’ The Argument podcast, 7/30

The “Twilight of Democracy” edition.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on Slate’s Political Gabfest podcast, 7/30

Russia, Russia, Russia.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on Politicon podcast, 7/29

A KGB man to the end.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 7/27

Complicit collaborators.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on NPR 1A, 7/27

Trump is putting on a show in Portland.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 7/23

Twilight of democracy.

Anne Applebaum interviewed by Yascha Mounk for Politics and Prose Live, 7/22

Twilight of democracy.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on NPR, 7/22

The seductive lure of authoritarianism.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on MSNBC Morning Joe, 7/21

Why did Republicans abandon American idealism?

Anne Applebaum wrote for Literary Hub, 7/21

Why did our friends go mad?

Anne Applebaum interviewed on The Femsplainers Podcast, 7/21

Twilight of democracy.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on C-SPAN, 7/21

How democracy dies.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on History Hit Network podcast, 7/20

How and why authoritarians try to discredit the media.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on CNN, 7/19

Twilight of democracy.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on Talking Politics podcast, 7/16

Laura Ingraham’s descent into despair.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 7/16

The collaborators and the dissidents.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on Slate Trumpcast, 7/16

The new age of autocrats.

Anne Applebaum’s upcoming book reviewed in New Statesman, 7/15

Dirty deals with demagogues.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on The Bunker podcast, 7/15

Poland’s rulers made up a ‘Rainbow Plague’.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 7/14

The world’s top 50 thinkers 2020.

Anne Applebaum cited in Prospect Magazine, 7/14

How my old friends paved the way for Trump and Brexit.

Anne Applebaum interviewed in The Guardian, 7/12

How the intellectual coalition forged by the cold war collapsed.

Anne Applebaum’s upcoming book reviewed in The Economist, 7/11

How the intellectual coalition forged by the cold war collapsed.

Anne Applebaum’s upcoming book reviewed in The Economist, 7/11

Revenge of the never-Trumpers.

Anne Applebaum wrote in Financial Times, 7/10

Twilight of democracy– when politics ends friendships.

Anne Applebaum’s upcoming book reviewed in The Guardian, 7/9

Trump is turning America into the country he fears.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 7/3

Trump administration makes sweeping changes to international media outlets.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on WNYC The Takeaway, 7/2

Ten books to read in July.

Anne Applebaum’s upcoming book cited in The Washington Post, 6/30

The big story: History will judge Trump’s enablers harshly.

Anne Applebaum interviewed for The Atlantic, 6/25

The voice of America will sound like Trump.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 6/22

Nick Clegg is on the wrong side of history at Facebook.

Anne Applebaum cited in The Guardian, 6/20

How COVID-19 could impact international affairs.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on Bloomberg TV, 6/16

'Trump is showing us what he thinks power looks like and sounds like'.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on MSNBC Morning Joe, 6/4

Resist the urge to simplify the story.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 6/3

Covering Trump’s brutal photo op, and new lows that aren’t new anymore.

Anne Applebaum cited in Columbia Journalism Review, 6/3

History will judge the complicit.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 6/1

The best news books to read this summer.

Anne Applebaum’s forthcoming book cited on Literary Hub, 5/26

The way forward: The future of democracy.

Anne Applebaum and Yascha Mounk participated in webinar for The Atlantic, 5/19

China has entered into leadership vacuum left by the U.S.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, 5/19

A study in leadership.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 5/15

What will emerge when post-WW2 order ends?

Anne Applebaum quoted on BBC, 5/8

What president would you pick to fight the current pandemic?

Anne Applebaum quoted for Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, 5/6

The rest of the world is laughing at Trump

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 5/3

Sightlines we can trust in a time of crisis

Anne Applebaum cited in Forbes, 4/27

Hungary pushes back against accusations of authoritarianism

Anne Applebaum interviewed on CNN International, 4/24

One pandemic, a world of responses

Anne Applebaum and Ho-Fung Hung interviewed on Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Public Health on Call podcast, 4/17

Coronavirus and curbs on democratic freedoms

Anne Applebaum interviewed on The Rachman Review podcast, 4/7

Creeping authoritarianism has finally prevailed

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 4/3

Post-pandemic global order

Anne Applebaum interviewed on Polcast podcast, 4/2

How coronavirus may compound our current crisis of democracy.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on Keen On podcast, 3/25

The people in charge see an opportunity.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 3/23

The coronavirus called America’s bluff.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 3/15

The man who challenged Putin.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on The Big Steal podcast, 3/9

Epidemics reveal the truth about the societies they hit.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 3/2

A warning from Venezuela.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 2/27

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

The decade in democracy.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on WNYC, 12/17

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 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