The Dictators Who Want to Run the World | How To Academy

Thu, 18 July 2024

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The Dictators Who Want to Run the World

Anne Applebaum In Conversation With Luke Harding

One of the world’s most celebrated historians and journalists, Anne Applebaum joins Luke Harding to uncover the networks trying to destroy the democratic world – and how we can stop them.

 Anne Applebaum has been tracking the slide away from democracy for decades. But what is happening right now is new: autocracies are working together to stay in power.

Nowadays, autocracies are run not by one bad guy, but by sophisticated networks relying on kleptocratic financial structures, security services—military, paramilitary, police—and technological experts who provide surveillance, propaganda, and disinformation. Centralised autocracies include Russian, China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Angola, Myanmar, Cuba, Syria, Zimbabwe and perhaps three dozen others.

Now joining award winning foreign correspondent Luke Harding, she will share how rogue states survive under sanctions, how their money goes round and how they are re-writing the language of the post-war ‘rules based order’.

The democratic world is in denial about how it has unwittingly helped to consolidate this new reality. What we stand to lose is our ability to dictate our own economic future and possibly our democratic systems. Join us online to learn the urgent radical changes needed to keep democracy in place, and why we need to act now.


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Anne Applebaum

Columnist and author

Anne Applebaum is the author of Gulag: A History, which won the Pulitzer Prize, of Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, which won the Cundill Prize, of Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine which won the Lionel Gelber and Duff Cooper prizes, and of the best-selling Twilight of Democracy. She is a columnist for The Atlantic and a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University. She divides her time between Britain, Poland and the USA

Luke Harding

Award-winning Foreign Correspondent

Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and has also covered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Libya and Syria. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian’s Moscow bureau chief; the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of Mafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (nominated for the Orwell Prize) and The Snowden Files. Two of Harding’s books have been made into films; The Fifth Estate and Snowden.