Peter Slezkine is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Columbia University. His dissertation, Free World: The Creation of a U.S. Global Order, examines the origins and effects of American claims to “free world leadership.” In 2019-20, Slezkine was a predoctoral fellow in the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2018-19, he was a predoctoral fellow at International Security Studies at Yale. His article, “From Helsinki to Human Rights Watch: How an American Cold War Monitoring Group Became an International Human Rights Institution,” appeared in Humanity in 2014.