Nanovic Forum: “A Conversation with Anne Applebaum: The War in Ukraine, Russia and the Twilight of Democracy” | Events | Department of Political Science

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs will host Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, journalist and geopolitical commentator, at the Nanovic Forum: ‟A Conversation with Anne Applebaum: The War in Ukraine, Russia, and the Twilight of Democracy” on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business.

The event is free and open to all. A book signing and reception will take place in the atrium after the event.


A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, journalist, geopolitical commentator and keynote speaker, Anne Applebaum examines the challenges and opportunities of global political and economic change through the lens of global history and the contemporary political landscape.

Drawing on her expertise in Europe and years of international reporting, Applebaum shares her insights and the profound implications of today’s volatile world events. And as technology enables a new scale of media manipulation for authoritarian governments and changes the tenor of political discourse, it also examines the disinformation, propaganda and criminal exploitation that influence global affairs.

From Syrian refugees to disinformation stories from Putin, the EU and Europe’s financial crises to the response to terrorism, from solutions to transitional government corruption to the groundbreaking campaign language of political populists, Applebaum provides both information background and up-to-date information. essential information for understanding the risks and opportunities of the current global political and economic climate.

Anne’s Pulitzer Prize Winner Gulag: a story speaks of the Soviet concentration camps. His book, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, is the winner of her second Duff Cooper Award and the 28th Lionel Gelber Award 2018. In it, Anne proves what many suspected: Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. Anne is the only author to have twice won the Duff Cooper Prize. His other books include Iron Curtain: The Crush of Eastern Europe, 1944-1946which won a Cundill Prize for Historical Literature, and Between East and West: across the borders of Europe.

In 2021, Anne received the ICFJ Award for Excellence in International Reporting. In October 2021, Anne received the 38th “Francisco Cerecedo” Journalism Award from King Felipe VI of Spain.

In July 2020, Penguin released Twilight of democracy: the seductive lure of authoritarianism – in this book, she eloquently explains why the elites of democracies around the world are turning to nationalism and authoritarianism. The book became an immediate NYT bestseller in the non-fiction section. Anne was later named one of the “50 Best Thinkers of the Covid-19 Era” by Prospect magazine. In December 2020, Barack Obama listed this book as one of his favorite reads of the year.

She is a Senior Fellow of International Affairs and Agora Fellow in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute from 2011 to 2015, an international think tank, Applebaum is the co-founder of the institute’s Democracy Lab, an online partnership between the institute and Foreign Police magazine. An adjunct member of the Center for European Policy Analysis, she is the former Philippe Roman Chair of History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics.

For many years Applebaum wrote a bi-weekly foreign affairs column for The Washington Post which is internationally unionized. She is now an editor at Atlantic. She contributed to Foreign Affairsthe New Republic and The New York Book Review. She was formerly a member of The Washington Post Editorial Board; foreigner and deputy editor of Spectator magazine; and political editor of evening standard. From 1988 to 1991, she covered the collapse of communism as a correspondent in Warsaw for The Economist.

Anne attended Yale University and was a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics and St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

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About the Nanovic Forum

The Nanovic Institute deepens Notre Dame’s rich tradition of connections to Europe by bringing eminent persons to campus from a wide range of fields to explore, discuss and debate the most pressing questions about Europe today. . Generously sponsored by Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, the Nanovic Forum invites its distinguished guests to interact with Notre Dame in whatever way they most desire, which may come as a surprise. To view past conferences, visit the archives.

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Melvin B. Baillie