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Departures with Robert Amsterdam

Jul 23, 2019

There nothing better than spending your summer vacation reading some good books - which at least for us, means reading our way through several new titles examining the future trajectory of Vladimir Putin's Russia.

This week, Anders Åslund, a senior fellow in the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, joins Bob on this...


Jan 23, 2019

Is understanding the past the best way to view the present? Robert Amsterdam and guest Dr. Ed Watts, author of 'Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell Into Tyranny," discuss how a closer look at the Roman experiment with representative democracy may help us to better understand our own circumstances in the United States,...


Oct 30, 2018

The City of London takes great pride in its cosmopolitan, international approach to diversity - but the reality on the ground and in the public schools for young black children is sadly rather dire. This week Robert Amsterdam explores the issue with Cheryl Phoenix, who leads the Black Child Agenda, a unique and...


Oct 25, 2018

The ambitious expansion of global influence by China, right at a moment in which the US and West are retreating from the world, is rewriting the playbook on global trade. "This is really a change not just in the software of international trade – it’s also in the operating system," says our guest Chris Flynn, a...


Sep 25, 2018

Helen Epstein is the author of "Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda, and the War on Terror." Epstein has been working in Uganda for the last twenty years. During that time, the region has received some $20 billion of foreign aid, yet the quality of education, health care, and basic standards of living remain...