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 […]

Thailand’s Horrific Coup, Three Years Later

A friendly, caring nurse is tending some wounded people in a temple in Bangkok. Several have been shot, others are too traumatised to speak. Suddenly more shots crack out and Royal Thai Army bullets start raining down on the unarmed gathering. People start running in all directions, seeking cover. The nurse – a 25 year […]

Panama’s Reputation Rebuild

Over at our sister blog Corporate Foreign Policy, team member Andrea Zanon writes on the subject of Panama’s reputation recovery following one of the largest whistleblower leaks in history. It’s an interesting case study of what countries need to do to build trust and transparency to continue to compete in the international business environment.  Excerpt […]

Gülen Poses a Threat to Turkey and the United States

Today President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is making his first official state visit to President Donald Trump in Washington DC. Among the many issues in the bilateral relationship they will be discussing is the status of Fethullah Gülen, a billionaire Turkish fugitive living in Pennsylvania who is accused of planning last July’s attempted military […]

Oligopoly and the Airline Industry

Like many of you, I have been obsessively watching the crisis at United Airlines unfold, where approximately $1 billion in share value has been shed following the viral video of a passenger being violently removed from an overbooked flight. The response to this crisis, at least in terms of reputation management, has obviously been very […]

The Rule of Law in a Polarized America

I recommend this thoughtful Passover piece published by Bill Galston in the Wall Street Journal, which emphasizes the difference between the policies that parties may fight over and the underlying institutional structures which should remain sacred.  Some quotes: Contemporary populists have legitimate complaints against the status quo, not least the incapacity of parliamentary governments to […]

A Love Song from Lavrov

There’s been a lot of good analysis published on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first visit to Russia this week, but it was down at the bottom of this piece by Amie Ferris-Rotman in Foreign Policy which stands out: Despite the high stakes and heightened scrutiny, there were some aspects of Wednesday’s visit that seemed […]