Sympathy for Putin

My latest column in Spears argues that we need to abandon the widespread myth that Russian President Vladimir Putin is any sort of strategic genius. He’s a prisoner, and the only way he’s leaving the Kremlin is feet first.

Announcing the Launch of Our New Podcast, Departures with Robert Amsterdam

Unscripted and off-the-cuff, the Departures podcast invites you to join Robert Amsterdam and other members of the Amsterdam & Partners LLP team for frank and personal conversations on the pressing issues of the day.

Empire of Deceit: New Book on Gülen Schools Launches

The following press release was distributed to media today. Amsterdam & Partners LLP today released Empire of Deceit: An Investigation of the Gülen Charter School Network, a new book that, for the first time, details how the nationwide charter school network controlled by the Gülen Organization enriches itself at the expense of American school children, […]

The Politics of Incompetence

The approaching snap election called by Prime Minister Theresa May will inevitably produce a winner, but it seems it will be the voters who will be losing. In a country still reeling from gruesome terrorist attacks, this election is like none other – a culmination of what happens when extreme polarization and isolationist populism collide. […]

The Chaos Brewing in Nigeria

I’ve spent a large part of my career working in Nigeria, with both Northerners and Southerners, and have watched the country careen from one crisis to the next. It is now deeply saddening to have one of the first honest presidents come at a time of a global glut in oil prices, and then be […]

Russia as a Legalistic Country

Just one excerpt from a thoroughly excellent piece by Kadri Liik at the European Council on Foreign Relations: It was actually surprising to see the jubilation in Moscow when Donald Trump was elected US president. The Kremlin assumed that Trump would deprioritise the American-led global order, which would inevitably open the door to a Russian […]