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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

Liberal democracy is worth a fight.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 08/20

Tucker Carlson’s self-loathing international tourism.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 08/06

How MyPillow CEO's delusions endanger democracy.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on CNN, 08/01

The MyPillow guy really could destroy democracy.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 07/29

Democracies don’t try to make everyone agree.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 06/28

Great podversations.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on Kentucky Author Forum podcast, 06/21

Democracy is surprisingly easy to undermine.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 06/17

The disturbing new hybrid of democracy and autocracy.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 06/09

Could dictators order more plane hijackings?

Anne Applebaum interviewed on CNN, 05/30

EU leaders vow Belarus sanctions.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on Bloomberg TV, 05/25