Law Targeting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a Disgraceful Transgression of Civil Rights

The following press release was distributed to media today. Ukrainian Orthodox Church Appoints Amsterdam & Partners LLP to Defend Against Attack on Religious Freedoms The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) has announced the appointment of international lawyer Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners LLP to assist the international response to escalating attacks by the Government of […]

Departures Podcast featuring Uri Kaufman, author of ‘Eighteen Days in October: The Yom Kippur War and How It Changed the Modern Middle East’

In October of 1973, Israel’s existence as an independent state was shaken to its core when Egyptian and Syrian forces crossed into the Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights, triggering a conflict of sprawling geopolitical scale. This week, in October of 2023, following an unprecedented series of violent terror attacks against Israel by the Palestinian group […]

Departures Podcast featuring Jade McGlynn, author of ‘Memory Makers’

As Russia’s catastrophic war in Ukraine lurches its way toward another winter, an interesting debate is emerging regarding some of the fundamental ideas of Russian nationalism which has underpinned Vladimir Putin’s casus belli, often including specifically misleading characterizations of history being used as a mobilizing force. In considering the relative complacency if not broad support […]

Departures Podcast featuring Jacob Mikanowski, author of ‘Goodbye, Eastern Europe’

Eastern Europe, from the northernmost reaches of of the Baltics and down to the Balkan statelets strung along the Adriadic Sea, is one of the most perplexing, conflicted, and interesting regions of the world which still today remains the subject of myths and misunderstanding. Since the end of the Cold War, one could say that […]

Departures Podcast featuring Gavin Sullivan, author of ‘The Law of the List’

In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, a sweeping transition took place across the international counter-terrorism space. Instead of responding to threats with law enforcement, numerous multilateral bodies instead respond with preemptive actions based on uncertain information – lists of names for sanctions are drawn up, very often directly violating basic due process and […]

Departures Podcast featuring John Rapley and Peter Heather, authors of ‘Why Empires Fall’

For more than one thousand years, the Roman Empire ruled over a vast territory that was  unprecedented in both scope and scale. When it finally did fall under pressure from barbarian invasions and internal political divisions (among many other factors), many historians argue that the Romans sowed the seeds of their own demise.  Is the […]