About Thomas Armbruster
Thomas Armbruster is a columnist for The GeoStrategists. He is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. In his long career as an American diplomat, Thomas Armbruster served as the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok, Russia, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan, Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Political Affairs Officer and Nuclear Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia; and Vice Consul at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was a reporter for the CBS affiliate KGMB-TV in Hawaii. Mr. Armbruster holds a B.A. from McDaniel College, an M.A. from St. Mary’s University, and an M.S. from the Naval War College.
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America in the World’s eyes under a Trump presidency

November 9, 2016 Thomas Armbruster 0

President-elect Trump rocked the world because he rocks the foundations of America, challenging religious freedom and tolerance, challenging our historic inclusion of immigrants, even questioning our first allegiance to the world’s strongest democracies, our allies, with whom we forged an international order, including NATO. […]


October 21, 2016 Thomas Armbruster 0

It is still naive to think that the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba are now on a nice glideslope with respect to trade and tourism between the two countries. Similar naive assumptions were made regarding Russia, thinking that after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia would naturally take its place in the community of nations. Things did not really pan out that way. […]

Ready for Intergalactic Diplomacy?

September 20, 2016 Thomas Armbruster 0

Civilizations in the past had to learn the hard way due to little preparation, so it might be a good idea for us to prepare for such interstellar visitors now. It may not be a bad idea to put together a committee, and come up with a checklist with the ultimate goal of developing necessary skill-sets to engage in successful “intergalactic diplomacy”. […]

North Korea is China’s Geopolitical Miscalculation

September 12, 2016 Thomas Armbruster 0

North Korea’s latest nuclear test shows that despite its business acumen, China still struggles with geopolitical calculus. There is no way having a nuclear, unstable North Korea on China’s border makes sense for China. It may provide a slight military bulwark against the U.S., but it is a net moral, economic, and political liability. […]

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