Past Meetup

Does Eastern Europe Still Exist? - a lecture at LSE


LSE IDEAS public lecture

Speaker: Professor Anne Applebaum

Chair: Professor Michael Cox

Almost a quarter of a century since the momentous events of 1989 in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania and GDR that shook and eventually pulled down the whole Soviet empire, the term "Eastern Europe" is still widely used to describe jointly the countries of the region. It certainly isn't now what it used to be but maybe it isn't there at all anymore? This talk could shed some light on the current state of things and hopefully will prove relevant and attractive not only for East Europeans.

The nations of the region we called “Eastern Europe” were once closely linked, so much so that West Europeans had trouble distinguishing them. But since 1989 they have made different choices and taken different paths. Are there lessons which can be learned from the East European experience of reform?

Anne Applebaum is an American journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has written extensively about communism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. She is director of political studies for the Legatum Institute and a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, she also took up the post of Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science in October 2012. She is married to Poland's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Radosław Sikorski.

Michael Cox is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS. He is also Head of Programme for Transatlantic Relations, Executive Programme Director and an Academic Management Committee Member.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. We'll be meeting for a debate afterwards (approx. 8pm); details will follow later.