A Salute to Russia’s Courageous, Woken Youth

Mikhail Fishman has a great oped in the Moscow Times which highlights the role of youth in the anti-corruption protest movement which shocked Russia and the world this past weekend. The next generation of Russians doesn’t bear the trauma and exhaustion of the beleaguered opposition – they don’t remember a past without Putin, but they […]

Talks At Google with Robert Amsterdam: Disruption and the Weaponization of Law

Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners LLP visits Talks at Google to discuss how international law is changing in the face of rapid technological disruption, and how in some countries law enforcement has become weaponized as an anti-competitive tool to benefit some organizations and damage others. Amsterdam highlights examples and outlines some strategic approaches for […]

Top 3 Things Putin is Loving about the United States

Given the deepening controversies surrounding the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling, it has become fashionable to conclude that it is already game over for Vladimir Putin. Indeed, it seems like ages ago when Donald Trump’s victory was greeted with champagne toasts in Moscow. Putin even told state media to cut back on […]

The Expediency of Russian Oligarchs

In light of the rapidly developing news stories surrounding President Donald Trump, his former advisor Paul Manafort, and the alleged connection through his previous work on behalf of Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, I spoke briefly with Damien Sharkov at Newsweek about how Vladimir Putin and most Russian oligarchs align their interests. Excerpt below: Robert Amsterdam, […]

What Germany Knew About Turkey’s Coup Plotter Before it Happened

Although Germany is home to one of the largest pockets of Turkish expatriates in the world (3-4 million), relations are often been strained, even more so since the July 2016 coup attempt. Currently, and perhaps due to tense political climate as the Chancellor approaches a crucial election next fall, Germany’s intelligence service has been very […]

What’s Behind the FBI Case against Russian Hackers?

Two and half years ago, Yahoo! suffered one of the worst attacks in history, as hackers gained access to some 500 million accounts. In a disclosure last September,  the company indicated that data including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, encrypted passwords and, in some cases, security questions — was compromisedby what it believed […]