Former British diplomat, founder and director of the Beirut-based Conflicts Forum.
How the world appears all depends on whether your gaze is firmly focussed on the hub of the wheel, Alastair Crooke writes.
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.
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.
Since 2008, we have lived in a western world shaped by the ‘permanent state’ or by our managerial technocrats – label to choice.
We now have an embarrassment of ‘wars’ of which paradoxically, Ukraine is perhaps of lesser strategic import, Alastair Crooke writes.
The Ukraine war ‘bubble’ is deflating as the U.S. and Europe reach the bottom of the arms ‘inventory barrel’.
Sir A Conan Doyle: Holmes: Curious: the fact that the dog did not bark when you would expect it so to do.
The Euro-élites were in desperate need of a Values System to fill the gap. The solution, however, was at hand.
Any political solution – however theoretical, at this point – would involve Moscow sitting with the collective West. Kiev had become a bystander.