Alastair Crooke

Former British diplomat, founder and director of the Beirut-based Conflicts Forum.

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February 17, 2020
Trump’s Vanished ‘Liberal Middles’

Don’t the Americans understand the implications of creating a desperate, unemployed and radicalised constituency across the entire Middle East?

February 3, 2020
Israel in the Middle East — A Civilisational and Metaphysical War

Trump may not be prepared to go to war for Israel, but others in the US Establishment view America ‘winning again’ in the wider civilisational war, as an existential issue for America.

January 27, 2020
Iran Becomes the Prize to America’s Warring Parties’ Rites of War

U.S. pressures will escalate – in line with the binary ‘either/or’ ultimatum, and Iran will then push back through increasing enrichment and acts of deterrence. The present lull in tensions may be short-lived.

January 20, 2020
The Many Matryoska Dolls to America’s Way of Imagining Iran

David Wurmser is Matryoska’s ‘doll’ within: no military invasion, but just a strategy to blow apart the Iranian Republic.

January 15, 2020
Reading Sun Tzu in Tehran

Iran – wisely – has eschewed direct, state-to-state military conflict, for a more subtle, and pernicious war on the US presence in the Middle East – a war, which if successful, will re-cast the region.

January 6, 2020
The Middle East Strategic “Balance” Shredded

The strategic balance seemed more or less sustainable until its upending with the assassination of Qasem Soleimani and Al-Muhandis, ordered by Trump.

December 23, 2019
Boris Johnson: An Unlikely Jacobin, Challenging Today’s Paradigm

Boris Johnson has done the impossible – but done it by doing the precise opposite of what conventional rationalism would have expected.

December 16, 2019
The Post-War ‘Consensus’ is Over – ‘Either We Reinvent Bretton Woods, or It Risks Losing Relevance’

The EU premise was of ‘uncle’ America, always being ‘there’, in case of difficulties. This is no longer true – and shocking it is, for EU élites.

December 9, 2019
Preparing the Stage: A Flawed Prospectus for War, This Time With Iran

The new type of warfare is using economic pressure to trigger popular protest and then to leverage the economic grievances of the ordinary populace.

December 2, 2019
Children of ‘the Children of Plenty’ Are Rising in Anger

Democracy – as experienced – too often has become the institutional tool to smother smouldering anger, Alastair Crooke writes.