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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

Black History, Black Classical Music
Music

Black History, Black Classical Music

There’s struggle, adversity, vibrancy, and beauty linked to a body of work that is beginning to get the recognition it deserves.

Jeffrey Gedmin
Towards a True 'Zeitenwende'

Towards a True 'Zeitenwende'

Germany, the United States, and how today’s challenges are creating new opportunities for liberal democracy.

Jeffrey Gedmin, William Kristol
Heaven and Nature Sing

Heaven and Nature Sing

Our editor-in-chief Jeffrey Gedmin looks at some of the scandal surrounding Handel's Messiah and offers up a holiday playlist for your listening pleasure.

Jeffrey Gedmin
The Garden of the Beasts

The Garden of the Beasts

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has Germans thinking about the next war. Berlin’s holiday from history is over.

Jeffrey Gedmin
Letter from Kyiv

Letter from Kyiv

Life continues in the Ukrainian capital. It’s a beautiful summer. Nothing is normal.

Jeffrey Gedmin
What Winning Looks Like

What Winning Looks Like

It’s no time for gloating over early Russian misfortune in Ukraine. Kyiv needs arms and we need a strategy.

Giselle Donnelly, Jeffrey Gedmin
The Calamitous Fall of Afghanistan

The Calamitous Fall of Afghanistan

A light is going out now. There’s still no easy exit.

Jeffrey Gedmin
The Wall Recalled

The Wall Recalled

Sixty years after the East German Communists started building the Berlin Wall, it’s worth remembering that the physical barrier was only part of the problem.

Jeffrey Gedmin