Alastair Crooke

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

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August 19, 2019
The Deeper Meaning in a Lost War

It is now no longer conceivable that MbS can deliver what Trump and Netanyahu desired. Does this then mean that the US confrontation with Iran, and Jared Kushner’s Deal of the Century, are over? No.

August 14, 2019
The Great Switch: Old Ways Fade and are Irrecoverable

Conflict is popping up everywhere in the world nowadays and all of them have their separate background contexts. But why so many at the same time? Well, it’s all about change – about the recognition that we are at the cusp of major changes. The world is beginning to pre-position.

August 11, 2019
Germany Stalls and Europe Craters

The treaties are untouchable, precisely because Germany believes that to loosen its hold over the monetary system will be to open Pandora’s Box to the ghosts of inflation and social instability rising, to haunt us anew, Alastair Crooke writes.

August 3, 2019
The Citadels of America’s Elites: Fractured and At Odds with Each Other

The more the rival US élite factions cloister themselves in their enclaves, certain in their separate views about how America can retain its global supremacy, the less likely it is that they will understand the very real impact of their collective belligerence on the outside world.

July 15, 2019
‘Hawk Policy’ in Financialised Garb

The ‘max pressure’, Make America Great Again formula is not going to work, for the simple reason that it is consuming America’s ‘capital stock’ at a torrential rate. It will neither restore America’s manufacturing base, nor will it recover to America it’s political hegemony.

July 8, 2019
To Think Outside the Box, It Helps First to Understand What’s IN the Box

The crisis between Iran and Washington is only nominally about nuclear issues. It is rather, a political crisis between Iran and America, which reaches back to the humiliation of US President Carter in the context of the US embassy siege in Tehran.

July 1, 2019
Trump’s Iran Policy: Dangerously Flawed Assumptions, With No Plan ‘B’

Ultimately, Trump will find himself in a corner in which he never wished to find himself: It may already be too late. He is there.

June 25, 2019
The Economic Entrails at the Heart of the ‘Deal of the Century’

The Kushner – Trump ‘Deal’, in respect to the integration of Israel into the regional energy economy seems destined to draw the same skepticism and distrust, as does the ‘Deal’s’ other parts.

June 10, 2019
Trump Is Not Extricating Himself on Iran. He Is Being ‘Dug in’

The consensus on ‘no conflict’ unfortunately, may turn out to have been overly sanguine. This is not because Trump consciously desires war, but because the hawks surrounding him, particularly Bolton, are painting him into a corner.

June 4, 2019
Russia’s Middle East Brinkmanship vs. Acquiescence to Trump’s Greater Israel Plan

The pendulum of power in the Middle East has shifted northwards, as a result of Syria’s defeat of the ‘Wahhabist’ campaign against it. Syria, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon now are both mobilised and energised. By contrast, Syria’s Gulf adversaries are enervated, weakened, and mired in their own internal crises.