Alastair Crooke

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

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September 14, 2020
Maintaining Pretence Over Reality: ‘Simply Put, the Iranians Outfoxed the U.S. Defence Systems’

So it never was then a ‘peace agreement’ between Israel and the UAE. It was ‘normalisation’ for mounting a military alliance against Iran.

September 7, 2020
Espying Some Contours of Foreign Policy Amidst the Turmoil

Whereas the November election formerly had been perceived as a referendum on Trump, events have moved on.

August 31, 2020
The Dissolution of Liberal Universalism

Our naive faith that liberalism, derived from the political traditions of Northern Europe, would conquer the world has now been shattered for good.

August 24, 2020
The Quiet American Reset

Something profound – and separate from ‘tech de-coupling’ – is already shaping the global monetary order (quite apart from likely Chinese exclusion).

August 17, 2020
Wolves Prowl Team Biden Borders, Scenting Opportunities

Harris is ‘woke’ on social issues, yet has been notably zealous in incarcerating pot-smoking LA youths and drew little black support in the primaries.

August 9, 2020
Beirut Devastated: The New Paradigm May Be Explosive

Was this a bold ‘false flag’ initiative to upturn the strategic status quo in order to destroy Hizbullah’s strategic place in the region?

August 3, 2020
The Dollar Standard Slipping Out of Control?

The stark fact is that Gulf stability rests on selling enough energy to buy-off internal discontents, and to pay for supersized surveillance and security set-ups.

July 27, 2020
The Fork in the Road

Many people today want our present to be radically changed (or even smashed) – but all wonder what may come next.

July 20, 2020
The Dismemberment of the World

The U.S. Federal Reserve serves as the great enabler. It is the engine that drives the U.S. thrust for primacy.

July 13, 2020
Is This Awokening a Revolution, or Not?

Can there ever be a true revolt that is led by the spoiled Children of the Élite? If so, what would such a ‘revolt’ mean in America?