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Columnist and Journalist, The Washington Post

George Herbert Walker Bush/Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Fall 2006 and Class of Fall 2008

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, covering US and international politics, and the political director of the Legatum Institute in London. She writes regularly for a range of publications in Britain and the US, including the New York Review of Books, New Republic, Spectator, and the Daily Telegraph. She has given lectures at Yale, Columbia, Heidelberg, and Humboldt Universities, among many others, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hoover Institute and the American Academy in Berlin. Her book Gulag: A History, which narrates the history of the Soviet concentration camp system, won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and has appeared in more than two dozen translations.


Formerly a member of the Washington Post editorial board, Applebaum has also worked as the foreign and deputy editor of the Spectator, as the political editor and columnist for the Evening Standard, and as the Warsaw correspondent for the Economist. She graduated from Yale University in 1986, has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and studied at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, as a Marshall Scholar. Her husband, Radoslaw Sikorski, is the foreign minister of Poland.

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