Anne Applebaum, is a journalist and prize-winning historian with a particular expertise in the history of communism and the experience of post-communist “democratization” in the Soviet Union and central Europe. She was recently appointed Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics Institute of Global Affairs, where she runs Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda, and built the Transformation Lab, a program focused on the political and economic transformation of individual countries.
From 2011-2015 she ran the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute in London, focussing on new threats to democracy. Among other projects, she ran a two-year program examining the relationship between democracy and growth in various countries; created the Future of Syria and Future of Iran projects; commissioned research on corruption in several countries; and, together with Foreign Policy magazine, created Democracy Lab, a website which focuses on countries in transition to, or away from, democracy.
Anne is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post and the author of several books, including Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and Iron Curtain, which won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature. She held the Phillipe Roman visiting chair in International History at the LSE, and has lectured at other universities, including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, Humboldt and Heidelberg.