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Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum will join the Atlantic as a staff writer in January 2020. She is a senior fellow of the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Her latest book is "Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine."

The World Is Never Going Back to Normal

Other countries are learning to live without America. Biden can’t restore the pre-Trump status quo.


How China Outsmarted the Trump Administration

While the U.S. is distracted, China is rewriting the rules of the global order.


Trump Is a Super-Spreader of Disinformation

The president is the single biggest reason why many Americans distrust science, the electoral system, and one another.


Trump Is Putting On a Show in Portland

The president is deploying the kind of performative authoritarianism that Vladimir Putin pioneered.


History Will Judge the Complicit

Why have Republican leaders abandoned their principles in support of an immoral and dangerous president?


What America Will Lose if the Voice of America Sounds Like Trump

The recent purge at U.S.-funded broadcasters suggests a key foreign-policy tool is about to lose its value.


Amid Pandemic, China Is Working to Lead the World Trump Abandoned

Administration officials don't understand the significance of the chaos they have created in place of what used to be American foreign policy.


Epidemics Reveal the Truth of the Societies They Hit

A nation’s response to disaster speaks to its strengths—and to its dysfunctions.


What We Talk About When We Talk About Russia

American conservatives who find themselves identifying with Putin’s regime refuse to see the country for what it actually is.