Alastair Crooke

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

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September 20, 2021
That ‘Other’ Reset Unfolding Across West & Central Asia

All of Central Asia is re-setting towards the SCO, EAEU, Russia and China. The former is now ‘lost’ to the U.S., Alastair Crooke writes.

September 13, 2021
A Pandemic of Authoritarianism, as the Red Grains Cascade

What we see is an attempt to impose an idealised technical managerialism onto a complex, rather than pursue real solutions to problems.

September 6, 2021
It’s Raining Scarlet Letters

Beijing has resolved that subjugation (opium or gaming addiction) will never be allowed to happen again, Alastair Crooke writes.

August 30, 2021
The ‘Great Reset’ in Microcosm: ‘Data Driven Defeat’ in Afghanistan

There is little mystery as to why the Taliban took over Kabul so quickly, Alastair Crooke writes.

August 23, 2021
A ‘Strategic Apocalypse’ in Afghanistan: A Seismic Shift, Years in the Making

China is more determined to shape the region than many analysts realise, Alastair Crooke writes.

August 16, 2021
A Long, Hot, Angry Summer

The exclusionary ideology is being turned-in upon itself. Turned-in, within western societies, and not just outwards, towards the West’s foreign adversaries. Now, it is key segments of domestic society that are being morally shamed and exiled from full participation in their societies.

August 9, 2021
Is the Era Finally Coming to an End?

If Republicans and Democrats talk as though they are living in different realities – it is because they are.

August 2, 2021
JCPOA: A Catalogue of Moving Goalposts

Perhaps Iran will take a sojourn in the East, for a while, until America takes leave of the Middle East, Alastair Crooke writes.

July 26, 2021
Ancient Wisdom: Paradise and Hell Entwined in Pulsating War

Balance and reviving inundations are deemed heretic and will not be tolerated, writes Alastair Crooke.

July 21, 2021
Liquid Modernity

Wokeism radically challenges the system: “You have succeeded by virtue of your visible identity alone.”