Alastair Crooke

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

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June 1, 2020
An Arrested Middle East – The ‘New Strategy for Securing the Realm’ Dissipates

The Middle East has little choice: It will be pushed to view the U.S. as its past, and to ‘Look East’ for its future, Alastair Crooke writes.

May 25, 2020
The End of Époque

Convulsions ahead? The decay of an era, and the inevitability of social and political mutation?

May 18, 2020
Our Civilisational Quagmire – Looking Truth in the Eye

This coming U.S. election is viewed by both Red and Blue as existential. Perhaps the most portent in America’s history.

May 11, 2020
On the Battleground of the Virus, The Fox Laughs Last

The story of the Coronavirus in the West exposes our hidden fragility of presuming upon life to be both secure – and predictable.

May 4, 2020
Sorting Out the Debris of Modernity – When the ‘Old’ Becomes the New ‘New’

We inhabit the psychology of ‘betwixt times’. Instinctively, we know the world will never be the same again, but we cling to the familiar.

April 27, 2020
Danse Macabre’ and a Fear of the Abyss: We All Fall Down

It is the children’s nursery rhyme, Ring-a-Ring-a Roses, that originated during plague years, that ends with “we all fall down.”

April 20, 2020
Revolutionary Times and Systemic Collapse – ‘The System Cannot Handle It’

Covid-19 may be the trigger, but it is the U.S. dollar that is the root problem, Alastair Crooke writes.

April 13, 2020
An Alchemist Explains to Joe Sixpack: ‘COVID-19 Alters America’s Hidden ‘War’ Forever’

The ‘unsaid’ in this narrative is an old story of warfare. Destroy your enemy’s supply-lines to weaken him.

April 6, 2020
Eyes Wide Open: Will the ‘Masters of the Universe’ Notice No One Takes Them Seriously Anymore?

The intrusion of the pandemic has exposed cruelly the shortcomings and workings of the existing status quo.

March 30, 2020
Is the U.S. Able to Handle COVID-19? – Global Prospects Hang on This Question

Will people accept a command system, if they see its principal purpose being the return to a failed status quo ante?