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Jeffrey Gedmin

Jeffrey Gedmin

Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin is co-founder and editor-in-chief of American Purpose.

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

Imagine Defeat

Imagine Defeat

We're sleepwalking off a cliff when it comes to Ukraine. We need to imagine what defeat looks like if we're going to snap out of it.

Jeffrey Gedmin
Waltzing With Putin

Waltzing With Putin

Austrian politicians are increasingly receptive to Russian manipulation, and Putin sees an opening.

Jeffrey Gedmin
Afghan Terror's Return

Afghan Terror's Return

There are overhead costs for peace and security.

Jeffrey Gedmin
Putin's Next War

Putin's Next War

As Ukraine struggles, Moscow eyes Moldova.

Jeffrey Gedmin
Cold War Spies and Authoritarian Lies

Cold War Spies and Authoritarian Lies

All nations spy just as all governments lie. But dictatorships are different. And free societies, with their goodwill and naiveté, are a field day for adversaries.

Jeffrey Gedmin
A Dangerous Cycle

A Dangerous Cycle

On March 5, 1933, Germans voted a last time before Hitler consolidated power. Artists like Kurt Weill voted with their feet. Today we find ominous parallels.

Jeffrey Gedmin
Vadim Krasikov and the Geopolitics of Murder

Vadim Krasikov and the Geopolitics of Murder

Russian agents and assassins operate with impunity across the West. Putin is vigorously executing his agenda–we need one of our own.

Jeffrey Gedmin
Natan Sharansky on Navalny and Keeping Hope Alive

Natan Sharansky on Navalny and Keeping Hope Alive

Soviet-era dissident Natan Sharansky on Russia today, Putin's hostage-taking spree, and his nine years in Soviet prisons.

Natan Sharansky, Jeffrey Gedmin, Sydnee Lipset