Alastair Crooke

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

all articles

January 17, 2021
Without Democracy in the U.S., Can the Simulacra of Democracy Survive Elsewhere?

Trump walked into the DC ‘Forum’, and ended ‘stabbed to death’, as had Julius. It has been truly Shakespearean, Alastair Crooke writes.

January 11, 2021
America’s Battle Over the Nature and Direction of Change Itself

Blue’s embrace of the woke cultural revolution may turn out to be its Achilles’ heel. It runs contrary to the historic norms of human cultures.

January 4, 2021
America’s Epiphany Moment

America may possibly be on the brink of its ‘de-coupling moment’ – in shock at the raw revelation of just how undemocratic America has become

December 21, 2020
Europe’s Machiavellian Moment

Are the élites as solid and as confident as they seem? When the recessionary crisis truly strikes, and anger explodes, will they fumble it?

December 14, 2020
‘Thinking Machiavelli, Acting Mussolini’

In the Middle East, the Shi’a – widely – are enjoying a renaissance, just at the moment when the Sunni ‘old’ establishment is convulsed with fear

December 7, 2020
Biden’s Iran Deal Faces Iran’s ‘Red Pill’

Does Biden’s Team ‘A’ believe that a limited strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is realistic, without triggering wider war?

November 30, 2020
The Digital ‘Iron Curtain’ Descends

When political differences become irreconcilable, the only non-violent alternative might come to be seen to lie with the fissuring of political union.

November 23, 2020
Will the Technocratic Coup Succeed?

Or, will the ideology behind it, simply descend into a zero sum game of big power Tech rivalry on a par with 19th Century great power rivalries?

November 16, 2020
America’s Struggle Towards a New Civilizational Paradigm

Red America will reach back to old values and try to draw out, from the tale of their erosion and neglect, an explication for their present distress.

November 7, 2020
Gridlock – Biden May or May Not Win, but Trump Remains ‘President’ of Red America

One clear outcome of the U.S. election was the collapse of the promised ‘Blue Wave’, writes Alastair Crooke