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 […]

Overreacting to Russia

For weeks now I’ve been arguing, perhaps in vain, that the lurid conspiracy theories lying beneath the surface of much of the Trump-Flynn-Sessions-Kislyak story did not necessarily add up to a coherent whole, and that while I do agree an independent investigation is important, I am not confident that we are suddenly going to discover […]