Alastair Crooke

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

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March 27, 2023
L’Entente Is a Bitter Pill for the West

The West is stuck between the public sentiment which it contrived and the reality on the ground, Alastair Crooke writes.

March 19, 2023
In the War Between Judaism and Democracy in Israel, Anything Is Possible

Bibi is by nature cautious – even timid. His radical ministers, however, are not, Alastair Crooke writes.

March 13, 2023
Betting All on Hegemony; Risking All, To Stave Off Ruin

The West is too dysfunctional and weak now to fight on all fronts. Yet there can be no retreat without some de-legitimising humiliation of the West.

March 6, 2023
How Could Western Intelligence Have Got It Wrong, Again? They Didn’t. They Had Other Purposes

The West now faces the task of de-fusing the landmine of their own electorate’s conviction of a Ukraine ‘win’, and of Russian humiliation.

February 27, 2023
Manichaeism and ‘An Ideology of Liberal Empire’ – Biden’s Forever Cosmic War Against Russian ‘Evil’

When the U.S. begins its pivot away from Ukraine, and looks fully to Europeanise the war, the political class won’t be seen ‘for the dust’. “Appetites of the autocrat cannot be appeased. They must be opposed. Autocrats only understand one […]

February 20, 2023
An Unexpected Insight (for the Élite): The U.S. May Be the Biggest Loser in the War on Russia

Where does Europe go in the wake of the Nord Stream allegations? It is hard to see a Germany-dominated Europe diverging far from Washington.

February 13, 2023
Endgame for Ukraine: America vs America

Bill Burns travelled (in secret) in mid-January to meet Zelensky. Was it to prepare Zelensky for a shift in the American stance?

February 6, 2023
Russia’s Strategic Aims – In Consequence to a Collapsing U.S. Empire

Weak leadership has lifted the lid on the European Pandora’s box, Alastair Crooke writes.

January 30, 2023
‘At War with Russia’, Europe Peers Down the Abyss

Russia is unlikely to take the bait: It has the real strategic advantage in all areas of engagement with the Ukrainian forces.

January 23, 2023
The Most Egregious Mistake

The U.S. government is hostage to its financial hegemony in a way that is rarely fully understood.