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Jeffrey Gedmin

Jeffrey Gedmin

Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin is co-founder and editor-in-chief of American Purpose, the magazine and media venture. He is former President/CEO of the London-based Legatum Institute. Gedmin served for four years as President/CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, headquartered in Prague, prior to which he served as President/CEO of the Aspen Institute in Berlin. Previously, he was Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and Executive Director of the New Atlantic Initiative.

Gedmin is the author/editor of several books on Germany and European security. He also served as co-executive producer for two major PBS documentaries: “The Germans, Portrait of a New Nation” (1995) and “Spain’s 9/11 and the Challenge of Radical Islam in Europe” (2007). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on several advisory boards, including the Institute for State Effectiveness, the Justice for Journalists Foundation, the Tocqueville Conversations, and the Institute for Current World Affairs. Together with former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norm Eisen, Gedmin is co-chair of the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group, hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Articles and Events

Defending Journalists against Gangsters

Defending Journalists against Gangsters

A tip for the Biden-Putin summit: Dictatorships and democracies have hard wirings. It’s only when we understand theirs, and recognize ours, that we have a chance to stand up to today’s authoritarian challenge.

Jeffrey Gedmin
“We Had No Idea The Government Would Open Fire”

“We Had No Idea The Government Would Open Fire”

On the anniversary of Tiananmen, Sophia Vahanvaty and Jeffrey Gedmin interview pro-democracy advocate, scholar, and former political prisoner Jianli Yang on China’s long and bloody road to democracy.

Jianli Yang, Sophia Vahanvaty, Jeffrey Gedmin
Weimar and Weltschmerz for the Beach
Books

Weimar and Weltschmerz for the Beach

Instead of Jackie Collins, consider these five German novels from the early 20th century, which might lead one to believe our problems are not so terrible. Not yet.

Jeffrey Gedmin
What Putin and Xi Really Want
Interview

What Putin and Xi Really Want

Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves speaks with American Purpose about Europe caught between America and its rivals.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Shirley Martey Hargis, Jeffrey Gedmin
The Man Who Follows the Money
Short Take

The Man Who Follows the Money

Former Mossad official Udi Levy talks with American Purpose about the global growth industry of tracking bad guys and bad money.

Udi Levy, Jeffrey Gedmin
Surveilling Germany’s Right-Wing Populists

Surveilling Germany’s Right-Wing Populists

Conservatives fret about a snooping deep state, the Left sees Weimar. But it’s the history of the Baader-Meinhof Gang—a case study in modern extremism—that’s worth revisiting.

Jeffrey Gedmin
Cancel Culture Gone Wild

Cancel Culture Gone Wild

A story of three turmoils, and lessons for managing a ghastly, growing problem.

Jeffrey Gedmin
Lock the Door—Putin’s Still at It
Interview

Lock the Door—Putin’s Still at It

Garry Kasparov speaks with Larry Diamond and Jeffrey Gedmin on the end of Putin’s empire, democracy’s decay across the West, and how the United States must hit back.

Garry Kasparov, Larry Diamond, Jeffrey Gedmin