Alastair Crooke

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

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June 14, 2021
As the Strategic Balance Inverts, Israel is Politically and Militarily Paralysed

So fatigued by their own rhetoric have Israeli and western leaders become, that they will not think or say that Israel has run out of options.

June 7, 2021
Another Claim of ‘Mission Accomplished’ Collapses

A provocation at the al-Aqsa enclosure by one or other of the extreme Settler cults, is not probable – it is inevitable, Alastair Crooke writes.

May 24, 2021
The ‘Missile Intifada’ Brings an Era Crashing Down

As Gaza quietens for now, the next phase to this war likely will centre around Al-Aqsa, Jerusalem and the 1948 Palestinian communities within Israel.

May 17, 2021
Watching the Tree to Catch a Hare

This American lacuna is not confined to Iran. The world has changed decisively, yet America seems to be pursuing its policies of yesteryear.

May 8, 2021
The Butterfly Effect Re-Setting the Global Paradigm

The shift of paradigm centred on the U.S. pivot away from West Asia naturally impacts on Iran’s JCPOA calculus, Alastair Crooke writes.

April 26, 2021
A Tightening Circle of Replacement Politics

It seems that ‘the team’ wants both to wage 5th generation war and to demand (and expect) cooperation from its ‘adversaries’, Alastair Crooke writes.

April 19, 2021
A Middle East in Motion

U.S. sanctions are easily done, but not easily undone – even temporarily. Lifting them completely is institutionally almost impossible.

April 12, 2021
Mobilisation Politics in the Post-Persuasion Era – What It Means for Geopolitics

The Biden Circle’s foreign policy agenda is secondary – It’s prime objective is to forestage ‘toughness’, Alastair Crooke writes.

April 5, 2021
China and Russia Launch a ‘Global Resistance Economy’

The U.S. will ignore the message from Anchorage. It is already testing China over Taiwan, and is preparing an escalation in Ukraine, to test Russia.

March 26, 2021
Blinken’s Pièce de Théâtre Failed; Its Script Was Passé

Blinken, having read out the prepared ‘grievances’ indictment, found that the anti-hero, Yang Jiechi, instead of being chastened, hit back.