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Departures Podcast with Douglas London, author of ‘The Recruiter: Spying and the Lost Art of American Intelligence’

Many of us have wondered what it would be like to be a real spy. Not necessarily the James Bond-esque car chases and shootouts, but the real practice of exercising tradecraft in the field, recruiting and handling assets, and maintaining such a complex web of relationships between your colleagues, family, and sources. There could possibly […]

Departures Podcast with Shivshankar Menon, author of ‘India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present’

We are no longer living in a unipolar world of US dominance, argues India’s brilliant former Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon in the latest episode of Departures with Robert Amsterdam, but neither have we transitioned to multipolarity or whatever is coming next. Former Ambassador Menon’s new book, “India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present,” is slightly […]

Full Text of Letter to Ottawa Police in Volgemut Case

The following is the full text of the letter sent by Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners LLP to Chief Peter Sloly of the Ottawa Police (see press release here). URGENT Chief Peter Sloly Ottawa Police Services 474 Elgin Street Ottawa, Ontario slolyp@ottawapolice.ca September 28, 2021 RE: Aleksandra Nicole Volgemut, DOB: October 28 2018 Dear […]

Lawyers for Parent of Abducted Girl in Volgemut Case Say Ottawa Police ‘Failed’ to Protect Child and Ignored Court Orders in Case Involving Parental Rights of Russian Citizen

The following press release was distributed to media outlets today. To download a copy of the letter sent by Amsterdam & Partners LLP to the Ottawa police, click here. On September 28, 2021 the law firm of Amsterdam & Partners LLP issued a letter to Chief Peter Sloly of the Ottawa Police Services alleging that […]

Departures Podcast with Patrick Wyman, Author of ‘The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World’

History is not a single continuum. There are certain stretches in which momentous change occurs in a very compact timeframe. The forty-year period between 1490 and 1530 is one of these bursts of revolutionary change. In The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World, Patrick Wyman, a historian and the host of […]

Tanzania Is Committing Grave Violations of Human Rights in Freeman Mbowe Case, Robert Amsterdam Tells SABC

Lawyer Robert Amsterdam, who acts on behalf of Tanzanian opposition leader and political prisoner Freeman Mbowe, gave an interview this week with SABC’s Channel Africa Radio. Listen to his comments on the case below, and what it means for Tanzania’s controversial international standing under President Samia Suluhu Hassan.