Articles by Anne Applebaum



Warning Shot From Russia?

Before it happened, nobody imagined that the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo would set off World War I. Before the ""shot heard round the world"" was fired, I doubt that 18th-century Concord expected to go down in history as the place where the American Revolution began.

What Happens When All the Oil Runs Out

As predicted, Sunday's election was a farce -- a battle between Dmitry Medvedev and three officially sanctioned opponents. Even the head of the Central Elections Commission conceded that media coverage has been, well, biased in Medvedev's favor.

A Tale of Two Demonstrations

And now, alert readers, it is time for a test: Here are two demonstrations representing two political movements that took place recently in two neighboring countries.

Tortured Credibility

Back in 2003, when U.S. forces first took custody of the notorious al-Qaida mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, there was much speculation about what his capture might signify. Some thought he might possess information about other planned operations, some predicted his loss would fatally damage al-Qaida, some guessed his arrest would lead to additional arrests. Others used his capture to float theories about when and how torture might legitimately be used.

A Familiar Mystery

In the almost two weeks that have passed since ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko died of radiation poisoning in London, we have learned a lot about his death -- haven't we?

What a Master Spy Couldn't Master

East Germany fell apart not because of the Western pressure but because the loyalty of the people evaporated.

The Power of the President

Tell someone in the Ukrainian capital that you have an appointment with President Viktor Yushchenko, and you will quickly be showered with advice, suggestions and requests.

Where the Living Is Easy

The taxi had come late. The dispatcher had been rude. The airport was a long drive, I couldn't afford to miss the plane and, yes, I'm afraid I snapped at the driver.

What Are the Russians Buying?

Even here in Washington -- a city populated by lobbyists who once held political office and government officials who once worked as lobbyists -- it's hard to top the story of Gerhard Schroder.

Let a Thousand Filters Bloom

In 1949, when George Orwell wrote his dystopian novel ""1984,"" he gave its hero, Winston, a job at the Ministry of Truth.

In Dictatorial Company

Try, if you can, to picture the scene. A vast crowd in Red Square: Lenin's tomb and Stalin's memorial in the background.

Europe's Christophobia

After the dust has settled -- after the processions are over and the Masses have been said, after the new pope has accustomed himself to new apartments, new tasks, new vestments -- Benedict XVI will face an extraordinary list of problems, ranging from the bioethical to the geopolitical.

The New Iron Curtain

Before the election, the government mobilized groups of thugs to harass voters.

Tell Hussein's Story for the Sake of Iraq's Future

According to Iyad Allawi, the Iraqi prime minister, Saddam Hussein is ""distraught and depressed"" and begging for mercy.

UN Scandal Deserves Attention

Given how much importance is sometimes attributed to the United Nations, it is odd how little notice has been taken of what may be the worst UN scandal ever.

A Two-Faced Policy

Who runs U.S. foreign policy? In a week of historic court cases, international summits and the imperial spectacle of a U.S. viceroy handing over sovereignty, it seems an easy question.

Clinton's Empty 'Life'

Leaning against a wall near the front of the line, a girl in a fur-trimmed leather jacket looked as if someone had just dragged her from a party.

A Lesson From Russia

The campaigns are winding down; the polling booths are being readied for voters. The authorities are engaged in a massive get-out-the-vote effort. By this time next week Russia will have a new president, or a re-elected one. All seems to be well in Russia's new democracy.

Powell's Pravda in Izvestia

""What a difference thirty years can make,'' writes Colin Powell, the U.S. secretary of state, at the start of an article he published this week in Izvestia.

Treat Russia as a Grown-Up

It has an army, a stock market and a national bank. It has a seat on the UN Security Council, ambassadors in most world capitals and Olympic ice skaters. It has a flag, and quite a few satellites. So why can't we treat Russia like a grown-up nation?

ESSAY: Berlin Wall's Fall Not as Joyous as TV Recalls

Building From Below

Mourning Splits Britain