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Once the world’s bastion of liberal democratic values, Europe is now having to confront demons — anti-Semitism, populist nationalism and territorial aggression, among others — it thought had been laid to rest.

Join James Kirchick, author of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens (The New York Times) and Julia Ioffe (The Atlantic) for an illuminating discussion about challenges facing Europe, and the ramifications for the US.

James Kirchick will be signing copies of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age following the event.

Co-presented with Tablet Magazine.


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James Kirchick

James Kirchick is a journalist and foreign correspondent currently based in Washington. He has reported from Southern and North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, across the European continent and the Caucasus. He is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington, D.C., a correspondent for The Daily Beast and is a columnist for Tablet. His first book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age is published by Yale University Press.

Kirchick’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Ha’aretz, Newsweek, Time, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Slate, The Weekly Standard, The American Interest, The Virginia Quarterly Review, World Affairs Journal, National Review and Commentary, among other publications. Around the world, his writing appears regularly in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s leading newspaper, and has also been published in Britain’s Prospect and Spectator, Italy’s Internazionale, Canada’s Globe & Mail, National Post and The Walrus, the Czech Republic’s Lidove Noviny and The Australian.

For over three years, Kirchick worked at The New Republic, where he covered domestic politics, lobbying, intelligence, American foreign policy, and broke the story of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s inflammatory newsletters. Following The New Republic, he moved to Prague to become writer-at-large for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he wrote about the politics and cultures of the 21 countries in RFE/RL’s broadcast region. Among the stories he covered were the fraudulent 2010 presidential election in Belarus, ethnic cleansing in Kyrgyzstan and the Libyan Civil War.

Kirchick is a recipient of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Journalist of the Year Award, has been a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Berlin, a Hoover Institution Media Fellow and a Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellow, and is a professional member of the PEN American Center and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary for "his incisive columns on American foreign policy and domestic politics, often enlivened by a contrarian twist." Mr. Stephens has recently been appointed the op-ed columnist at The New York Times, and prior, had been the deputy editorial page editor responsible for the international opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal. For the Journal, he wrote "Global View," the paper’s weekly foreign-affairs column, and was a member of the Journal’s editorial board. He had been a regular panelist on The Journal Editorial Report, a weekly political talk show broadcast on Fox News Channel. Mr. Stephens joined the Journal in 1998 as an op-ed editor and moved to Brussels the following year, where he wrote editorials and edited a column on the European Union. He left Dow Jones in January 2002 to take the helm of The Jerusalem Post. He was just 28 at the time — the youngest ever editor in chief at the paper. At the Post, he was responsible for the paper's news, editorial, international and electronic editions. He oversaw the paper's most extensive redesign in its then 70-year history and also wrote a weekly column. Mr. Stephens returned to the Journal in late 2004. In January 2005, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has won numerous journalism awards, including a 2006 award from the South Asian Journalists Association for his coverage of the Kashmir earthquake, the 2008 Frank Knox Award for his coverage of military affairs, the 2008 Eric Breindel Prize for excellence in opinion journalism, the 2010 Bastiat Prize for his writings on economic subjects and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Mr. Stephens was born in New York and raised in Mexico City. He has an undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago, and a Master's from the London School of Economics. He lives in New York City with his wife Corinna, a music critic, and their three children.

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Julia Ioffe

Julia Ioffe is a staff writer at The Atlantic covering politics and world affairs.

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Alana Newhouse

Alana Newhouse is the editor-in-chief of Tablet, which she founded in 2009. Before that, she spent five years as culture editor of the Forward, where she supervised coverage of books, film, dance, music, art and ideas. A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Slate and other outlets.

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