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 […]

Here’s What Putin Thought of the United States 10 Years Ago

Today the annual Munich Security Conference is kicking off, bringing together some of the world’s most influential voices on security and defense at the Bayerischer Hof hotel. While most people will be analyzing and over-analyzing the meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Team Trump, I think it is much more interesting to cast a […]

Robert Amsterdam on CNN: Obsessing Over Putin Conceals China Threat

Robert Amsterdam speaks with CNN’s Richard Quest on the issues facing the new U.S. administration in its relations with both China and Russia.

Short Film: The Case Against Alexander Adamescu

In late January, the German businessman Dan Adamescu died while serving a 4.5 year sentence in Romania due to health complications after authorities denied him proper medical treatment. His son, Alexander Adamescu, continues to be threatened with extradition from the United Kingdom to Romania on completely nonsensical, bogus charges. Their incredible, outrageous story of injustice […]

The Not-So-Special Relationship

The outcomes of both Brexit and the US election were unexpected, disruptive, and driven by a similar surge of nationalism. And so you’d think that the first meeting of Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump would be a celebratory affair. It certainly hasn’t felt like that. When Prime Minister May arrived yesterday, the […]

The Gambia and Thailand: A Tale of Two Coups

For all of those committed to rule of law and democracy, the recent removal of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh from office is a most welcome development. Jammeh, who lost the December 2016 presidential elections in a surprise landslide to incoming Gambian head of state, Adama Barrow, had first taken power via a military coup in […]