Anne Applebaum

Russia is not a flawed Western power. Russia is an anti-Western power with a different, darker vision of global politics
Anne Applebaum is a leading expert on Russia. She began her journalistic career in Warsaw in 1989, when she covered the collapse of communism as a stringer for the Economist magazine. She went on to become foreign editor and deputy editor of the Spectator magazine, a columnist for several British newspapers, and, between 2002 and 2006, a member of the editorial board of the Washington Post. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker and the New Republic. Her foreign affairs column appears biweekly in the Washington Post and Slate, and is syndicated around the world.

She is also an author of several books about central and eastern Europe, focusing on the history of communism. Gulag: A History, won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1948-1956, won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature. Both books were nominated for the National Book Award.

Since 2011, she has been the director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute; an international think tank and educational charity focused on promoting global prosperity. In 2012 she held the Phillipe Roman chair in international history at the London School of Economics. She has also lectured at universities around the world, from Yale and Columbia to Zurich and Heidelberg. Born in Washington, DC, she now lives in London and Warsaw.