12.09.14 | Some time ago Esther Dyson chose to write to me as part of a series of letters organised by the Artangel arts group for the Long Now Foundation.  Letter writers were invited to consider the future - including up to 10,000 years hence (the perspective that the Long Now Foundation seeks to encourage).  I chose to send my letter to the poet John Burnside.  This is my letter:   From: Carne Ross, New York City To: John Burnside, Berlin 8 December 2014 Dear John, We are bidden to... more
10.20.14 | From Al Jazeera America:   How Scotland’s vote revealed the need for a deeper revolution October 19, 2014 2:00AM ET by Carne Ross @carneross Following Scotland’s recent independence referendum, I felt overcome with envy. How I wished I could have a referendum too. I want to discuss who runs my future. I want the right to decide. I clearly am not the only one to feel this way, and I expect more referendums of this kind in the future. Catalonia — which my firm,... more
09.25.14 |

The Washington Post recently published this discussion of self-determination in the aftermath of the Scottish referendum, quoting my views a few times.  Here's the article:

The Washington Post recently published this discussion of self-determination in the aftermath of the Scottish referendum, quoting my views a few times.  Here's the article: How Scotland's Yes Campaign Won even when it Lost By Ishaan Tharoor September 19 Look past the noise that surrounded Scotland's independence referendum, which ended in a victory for those who favored remaining united with Britain. Push to a side the arguments over currency, the doubts over North Sea... more
09.15.14 | Liam Barrington-Bush, the researcher for the forthcoming documentary "The Accidental Anarchist", is collecting ideas for the film.  He's looking for contemporary examples of non-hierarchical and autonomous organization, both politically and in the workplace, such as participatory democratic processes and cooperatives.  If you have suggestions, please submit them here.  Thank you! more
09.01.14 |

Steve Adubato had me on his "One on One" show talking about The Leaderless Revolution in 2013. It's a good short interview on the main ideas of the book. more
09.01.14 | Rather remarkably, the OECD invited me to write - and then printed! - an article about trust and government. The article can be found here (http://www.oecdobserver.org/news/fullstory.php/aid/4371/Politics_and_the...) and is pasted here. Politics and the trust conundrum Carne Ross, Founder and Executive Director, Independent Diplomat There’s a very obvious remedy for governments that wish to restore the public’s trust: become transparent, honest and inclusive. This, however, is intrinsically... more
08.12.14 | The Guardian asked me for my views on US military intervention in northern Iraq. I took the chance to propose a new doctrine for western policy in the Middle East. (gu.com/p/4vk68/tw). Here's the text: A friend from Pristina once told me that the happiest day of his life was when he heard Nato cruise missiles over his home town. This was in 1999 when Nato intervened from the air to stop the Serb campaign to drive Albanians from Kosovo. Often military intervention is wrong, but sometimes it is... more
08.06.14 | Interview: Carne Ross August 2014, Volume 70, Number 4 The former Foreign Office high-flyer talks about his new career as a diplomatic entrepreneur, the need to give a voice to the voiceless, and how he helped John le Carré create a fictional whistle-blower You resigned from the Foreign Office a decade ago over the Iraq war. What is wrong with diplomacy? The state-based system of global power is in terminal decline. The institutions of international cooperation need to include not just states... more
07.04.14 | John Kerry must be cursing the neo-cons.  “If you break it, you bought it”, Colin Powell once said.  Iraq is spectacularly broken, with civil war on multiple fronts.  And the US has no choice but to try to put it back together.  Having backed al-Maliki despite his egregiously divisive behavior, it cannot now let him fall and with him any semblance of the state.  This is the post-imperial burden Powell predicted (though did nothing to prevent).  As the US sends a... more
05.29.14 | The Guardian posted this piece by me today reacting to President Obama's speech on foreign policy at West Point.  And the New York Times later quoted the article in a review of (mostly tedious) reaction to the speech.  Here's the article in full:   Beyond Obama's West Point speech: a foreign puzzle, not a real foreign policy The president wants us to look past Afghanistan and Iraq. OK, fine: from drones to Damascus and Putin to the planet, these are parts of a not very unified... more