The Need for Regulating Crypto Currency

“Leading the list here is the absolutely essential requirement that it becomes a reliable instrument. That cannot happen without regulation, whether digital purists prefer to hear that or not.”

Tracking Soviet Coup “Proceeds” in Europe

“Yet, while global interest centered on the abortive coup against Gorbachev and the rise of  Yeltsin unfolding in Moscow, something else was ramping up in Europe as the KGB set up backup for the coup’s aftermath, whether successful or not.

That is where my responsibilities kicked in.”

Volume Manipulation is Distorting Crude Oil Pricing Convergence

“[A] new generation of derivatives have arisen because of more vexing arbitrage problems at expiration. This paper has simply increased the likelihood of volatility induced by the attempt to generate artificial value in the spread between the futures and the underlying oil itself.”

Spending a Dreary Christmas in Hamburg

“My responsibility in all of this was CI, something for which I did have some experience: provide physical “sweep” support against counterparty surveillance, securing areas prior to a meeting, running parallel routes to determine if either party to the handoff was under active surveillance, and setting up countermeasures if they were.”

The Kremlin Strategy on Nord Stream 2

“The Biden Administration lifted some sanctions against the pipeline in May but the contentious issue still remains, morphing into a central element in European politics.”

The OPEC Impasse

“In past problems, the main OPEC+ tug-of-war was between OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and Russia. Not this time. What has emerged in the current affair is a protracted difference within OPEC itself.”