During an impeachment hearing this week, President Donald Trump’s former top Russia adviser accused Republicans of peddling Russian propaganda.
Anne Applebaum is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and historian who will join The Atlantic as a staff writer in January. As one of the world’s leading experts on pre- and post-Communist Europe, disinformation and propaganda, and the future of democracy, she joins Edward-Isaac Dovere to discuss impeachment through a global lens.
How did a conspiracy theory concocted by Russian intelligence officers become a Republican defense of Trump? And what future does Applebaum see for NATO and Western democracy if the president is in office for another five years?
how Soviet history helps explain this moment in America’s partisan politics;
what to do about disinformation (and how the unique story of the BBC might be an example);
and what Trump’s authoritarian tendencies could mean in a second term.