"Twilight of Democracy" author part of series on the most pressing issues in our understanding of Russia today and America’s role on the global stage

The Atlantic's Anne Applebaum. Photo credit: Maciej Zienkiewicz

Anne Applebaum, a staff writer for the Atlantic, will join dissident Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats for “Autocrats, Inc.: How the World’s Dictators Support Each Other”—a discussion on Thurs., March 2, 4 p.m. EST at New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia (19 University Place, Second Floor [at E. 8th Street]).

This event will be both on Zoom and in-person. To receive a webinar link, visit the registration page; RSVP for in-person attendance on the event page.

The event is the latest in a new series hosted by Yevgenia M. Albats, a Jordan Center Distinguished Journalist in Residence. In this series, Albats is joined by leading experts—journalists, researchers, and foreign service officers, among others—in one-on-one, public conversations regarding the most pressing issues in our understanding of Russia today and America’s role on the global stage.

Anne Applebaum, a staff writer for the Atlantic since 2020, is also a prize-winning historian and a senior fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where she co-leads a project on 21st century disinformation and co-teaches a course on democracy. Her books include Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine; Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956; and Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. Her most recent book is the New York Times bestseller Twilight of Democracy, an essay on democracy and authoritarianism. She was a Washington Post columnist for 15 years and a member of the editorial board; she has also been the deputy editor of the Spectator and a columnist for several British newspapers. Her writing has appeared in the New York Review of Books, the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, among other publications.

Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author of The State Within the State: KGB and Its Hold on Russia—Past, Present and Future (FSG, 1995), and radio host. She has been political editor and then editor-in-chief and CEO of the New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly, since 2007. On February 28, 2022, Vladimir Putin blocked its website, just days after Russia invaded Ukraine. Albats continues to run the newtimes.ru, and she kept reporting from Russia until she had to leave the country at the end of August 2022—after she was found guilty of spreading disinformation about the Russian army and fined for her coverage of the war with Ukraine and pronounced a foreign agent.

Since 2004, Albats has hosted “Absolute Albats,” a talk-show on Echo Moskvy, the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia. The radio station was taken off the air a week after the war in Ukraine started. Albats moved her talk show to her YouTube channel; it now has more than 100,000 subscribers. Albats is the author of the four independently researched books, including one on the history of the KGB.

Previous events in the series may be viewed on the Jordan Center’s YouTube Channel.

In-person attendees should be prepared to show a government-issued ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster. For more about the Jordan Center, please visit its website.

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