Alastair Crooke

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

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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?

November 4, 2019
The ‘War’ for the Future of Middle East

The MidEast may pass through its crises but be aware that the there is no alternative meme is becoming reason for protestors ‘to burn the system down’

November 1, 2019
The Lebanese ‘Canary in the Mine’ Is Signalling Mid-East Trouble Ahead

Lebanon is ‘special’ in its own distinct way – but yes, it precisely is giving warning of a turbulence quietly incubating across the Middle East.

October 21, 2019
A Panicked Israel Is a Dangerous Israel

It is not just that Israel’s influence in Congress puts him in a risky political corner. But a bigger danger is that Israel cannot change course.

October 7, 2019
Can Trump’s ‘Middle Lane Nationalism’ Hold the Line Against System-Network Attack Strategy?

The question is: can Trump’s instinctive, creative ambiguity hold the line of US credibility (which exists more in the eye of the domestic beholder?)

September 30, 2019
Culture Wars, Foreign Policy Wars – When They Meet, They Clash

What has the ‘international style of architecture’ – now going out of fashion – got to do with today’s geo-politics?

September 23, 2019
A Precision Strike on US Credibility – Shattering a US Paradigm

The US is ‘blowing smoke’ about launch sites mainly to divert from the very obvious (but embarrassing) fact that the raining down of missiles on Abqaiq, primordially owes to the Saudi war on Yemen (supported unreservedly by Trump).

September 16, 2019
The New Heresy That Threatens the Entire European Continent

In all the hullabaloo of Brexit and its associated parliamentary infighting, little noticed has been how Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson are attempting to change the very nature of the UK political landscape.

September 9, 2019
‘The New Normal’: Trump’s ‘China Bind’ Can Be Iran’s Opportunity

There is consensus amongst the Washington foreign policy élite that all factions in Iran understand that – ultimately – a deal with Washington on the nuclear issue must ensue. It somehow is inevitable.