Anne Applebaum is the Director of the Transitions Forum at the international think-tank the Legatum Institute and a columnist for The Washington Post and the US online news magazine Slate. She is the author of several books, including Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, and Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944–56, which won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature. Since 1989 she has often focused on post-communist Russia and central Europe, but she has also written extensively about British, American and European politics. She is a former visiting professor at the London School of Economics, a former member of The Washington Post editorial board, a former deputy editor of The Spectator magazine, and a former Warsaw correspondent of The Economist. She graduated from Yale and the LSE, and is married to Radek Sikorski, the Speaker of the Polish parliament.