Alastair Crooke

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

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December 5, 2022
Necessary Illusions – Even the narrative of the EU as a geo-strategic player has now burst

Europe is destined to become an economic backwater. It has ‘lost’ Russia — and soon China. And is finding it has lost its standing in the world, too, Alastair Crooke writes.

November 28, 2022
The Crux of the Putin-Xi Revolution for a New World Order – Arresting the Slide to Nihilism

It becomes questionable whether the West can compete as a civilisational state and maintain a presence.

November 21, 2022
A Very Different Global State of Affairs Takes Hold

How the world appears all depends on whether your gaze is firmly focussed on the hub of the wheel, Alastair Crooke writes.

November 14, 2022
‘Culture Block’ Is Leading to Ukraine Escalation (and Risking WWIII)

Washington’s real interests in Ukraine must be understood not as a war of values but rather as a cruise-missile launched at China, not Russia.

November 11, 2022
De-Conflicting With the West: Will the Valdai Blueprint Work?

To decipher the true potential of President Putin’s recent Valdai speech – for de-conflicting with the West – we must turn to the 15th century.

October 31, 2022
They Rule Over Dysfunctional Ruin, but They Rule

Since 2008, we have lived in a western world shaped by the ‘permanent state’ or by our managerial technocrats – label to choice.

October 24, 2022
The Many Interwoven ‘Wars’ – A Rough Guide Through the Fog

We now have an embarrassment of ‘wars’ of which paradoxically, Ukraine is perhaps of lesser strategic import, Alastair Crooke writes.

October 17, 2022
The Leviathan Super Cycle Ends; Western Leaders Pretend They Didn’t Notice

The Ukraine war ‘bubble’ is deflating as the U.S. and Europe reach the bottom of the arms ‘inventory barrel’.

October 10, 2022
Europe’s Eerie Silence – The Curious Case of the Dog That Did Not Bark

Sir A Conan Doyle: Holmes: Curious: the fact that the dog did not bark when you would expect it so to do.

October 3, 2022
Tearing Down the Pantheon of Western Founders and Heroes

The Euro-élites were in desperate need of a Values System to fill the gap. The solution, however, was at hand.