Alastair Crooke

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

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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.

November 25, 2019
Is Trump a ‘Covert Ally’ to the Multipolar Order?

Is Trump’s effort at outreach to Russia connected to his vision of how the US might transition to something smaller, within a multi-polar framework?

November 18, 2019
Is the Middle East Beginning a Self-Correction?

What is driving the sudden focus on ‘the flawed system’ in Lebanon is simply hard reality, Alastair Crooke writes.

November 11, 2019
Cornering and Strangulating Iran Has Backfired on Israel

What if maximum pressure fails either to implode the Iranian state politically, nor brings Iran to its knees, begging for a new nuclear deal?