Russia, Ukraine, and the Fate of Europe’s Borderlands

Date(s) - 10/17/17
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council


Russia, Ukraine, and the Fate of Europe’s Borderlands

Chicago Council

Anne Applebaum, Columnist, Washington Post; Professor, London School of Economics. In conversation with Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


A quarter of a century after the Cold War formally ended, Ukraine is at the heart of a new frozen conflict between Russia and the West. With its annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in the eastern Donbas region, Russia has challenged Ukraine’s independence and tested the strength of its ties to Europe and America. These actions, Anne Applebaum contends, have disquieting echoes throughout Ukraine’s twentieth century history. How has this past, particularly the catastrophic Soviet famine of 1921-34, shaped the present day fight for Ukraine’s destiny? Can the West preserve the independence of Ukraine, as well as the other nations of Europe’s borderlands, and avoid war with Russia?

Copies of Anne Applebaum’s new book Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine will be available for sale and signing by The Book Cellar at the program.


Anne Applebaum

Columnist, Washington Post; Professor, London School of Economics

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and Pulitzer-Prize winning historian. Concurrently, Applebaum is a professor at the London School of Economics where she runs Arena, a project that seeks solutions to 21st century propaganda and disinformation campaigns. Applebaum served as the foreign and deputy editor of the Spectator in London, a Warsaw correspondent for the Economist, and as a columnist for the online magazine Slate. Applebaum’s work has also appeared in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, and the Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. Applebaum holds a BA from Yale University and an MA in international relations at the London School of Economics.