June 8, 2015
Anne Applebaum, historian, journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has joined the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) as Senior Adjunct Fellow. At CEPA, she will co-lead a major initiative with Senior Vice President Edward Lucas aimed at countering Russian disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Applebaum also serves as a member of CEPA’s Advisory Council.
Applebaum has a prestigious career as a journalist, author and public intellectual in both the United States and Europe. She is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate. She has contributed to The New York Review of Books, the New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Affairs, Gazeta Wyborcza, and many other publications. She is a former member of the Washington Post editorial board and worked as Foreign and Deputy Editor of Spectator magazine. She was Warsaw correspondent for the Economist magazine from 1988 to 1991. Ms. Applebaum is also author of two critically acclaimed and prize-winning books. Published in 2003, Gulag: A History won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 2004. Her most recent book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, was published in 2012 and won the Cundill Prize for Historical Literature, the Duke of Westminster Medal, and an Arthur Ross Silver Medal from the Council on Foreign Relations. She also lectures at various U.S. and European universities and currently leads the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute in London.
CEPA President Wess Mitchell commented, “Anne’s work has been an inspiration to CEPA for many years. Her knowledge of frontline Europe and experience as a world-class journalist will be potent assets in our new effort to fight Russian propaganda.”
Since its creation in 2005, CEPA has been at the forefront of the transatlantic policy debate on issues of defense, energy and democratic reform in Central and Eastern Europe. Its mission is to promote an economically vibrant, geopolitically stable and politically free CEE region with close and enduring ties to the United States. CEPA educates policymakers about the importance of Central and Eastern Europe to U.S. foreign policy; fosters networks of mid-career Atlanticists; holds annual seminars in Warsaw, Bucharest and Prague; publishes more than 100 policy papers annually; and convenes the U.S.-Central Europe Strategy Forum – the largest gathering of Atlanticist experts and policymakers in the United States. CEPA’s institutional reach extends through the CEE region via an extensive network of 16 partner institutes, affiliates and cooperating civil society organizations.