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Departures Podcast with Christopher Capozzola

Since the United States touched base in the Philippines in 1898, the relationship between the Philippines and the U.S. has endured with war and military service forging a continuing but contentious relationship between the two countries. But has it been a productive relationship for both members? While Filipinos have served in the American military since […]

The Tatmadaw Turns Back the Clock in Myanmar

On the morning of February 1, Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand, woke up to the news that the military seized control of the state. The country’s leader (the official title is the State Counsellor) Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s President Win Myint, […]

Departures Podcast with James Ryan and Susan Grant

It is easy to get very comfortable with our surface-level understanding of sweeping historical events. Most of the time it is generally consistent with the facts, except when it isn’t. When it comes to how we regard the notorious regime of Josef Stalin and this particular period of Russian history, there are more than a […]

New White Paper Highlights Mongolian Government’s Attack on Rule of Law and Unlawful Persecution of Former Prime Minister

The following press release was distributed to media today. WASHINGTON DC, Feb 1, 2021 – Since coming into power in 2017, President Khaltmaa Battulga has plunged Mongolia’s democracy into a downward spiral of authoritarianism, abuses of anti-corruption law, and politically motivated persecutions of the president’s opponents, argues a new white paper published by Robert Amsterdam […]

Departures Podcast with David Omand

Data is dumb, correlation is not causation. Explanation is everything. Spymaster David Omand on how to think critically.

Latest Scandal at Gulen-run Charter School in Orlando Underscores Need for Urgent Investigation

The following press release was distributed to media today. WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — According to reports aired by local ABC News affiliate WFTV, Abdulaziz Yalcin, the principal of Orlando Science Charter School, has been arrested on two counts of failing to report child abuse. “Mr. Yalcin’s arrest is only the latest in a long series of alleged […]