06.13.16 | With the publication of the Iraq Inquiry "Chilcot" Report imminent, I am re-posting a blog I wrote at the ten-year anniversary of the war: With the ten year anniversary of the war, I wanted to tell the story of the evidence I gave to the first official inquiry into the war, an event that led to my resignation from the British foreign servce. The Butler Inquiry, as it was known, in 2004 invited testimonies from officials who had worked on Iraq before the 2003 invasion.  I had been the UK's... more
03.11.16 |

 The League of Nations' first meeting, 1920

Oped in today's Guardian about the UN and what to do about it.

 

Oped in today's Guardian about the UN and what to do about it. Full text: As good a place as any to witness the slow decline of the post-second world war global “order” is the UN security council – if they would let you in, which they won’t. Don’t bother with that rarefied organ’s “public” meetings. None of its real diplomatic business is conducted in the open. In a reflection of the state of the world, the security council, which is charged with the maintenance of international peace, is... more
01.28.16 | Die Zeit: I Was Part of It “I Was Part of It” This article was originally published in German for Die Zeit on 23 December 2015. (translation below)   Professional diplomat Carne Ross ended his career and committed himself to the truth By Kerstin Kohlenberg He could never be a diplomat: Carne Ross remembers his father telling him that from an early age, at home in South London. To be a diplomat, his father explained to his twelve year old son, you had to be very smart. And he... more
01.26.16 | Mankind has the ability to destroy itself in two ways: climate change and nuclear weapons. This latter method provokes very little discussion these days, presumably because fashionable preoccupations like terrorism or the presidential elections take precedence. There should be much greater debate, in particular about news that the US is busy developing "precision" nuclear weapons and that there is a new nuclear arms race with Russia and China. In the old days of East-West confrontation, there... more
01.26.16 | The cult around the Japanese guru of tidiness Marie Kondo is bizarre but explicable. It is bizarre because it is absurd that people need to buy a book in order to be told why and how to tidy their houses. There is something grotesque about this spectacle of rich people obsessing about which of their many possessions bring them "joy" as they decide which to discard and which to keep. But such criticism is easy. Modern society has been wasteful long before Marie Kondo came along. Where does this... more
01.14.16 |

US-Soldaten im Irak (Archivbild)

Profile of me in Die Zeit, the German news weekly, by Kerstin Kohlenberg, whom I met last year in a car in the cold of Colorado, as she mentions.  This is the link to the online version in German.  This is an unofficial English translation of the article:

Profile of me in Die Zeit, the German news weekly, by Kerstin Kohlenberg, whom I met last year in a car in the cold of Colorado, as she mentions.  This is the link to the online version in German.  This is an unofficial English translation of the article: Begins Zeit Online/Politics “I Was Part of It” Professional diplomat Carne Ross ended his career and committed himself to the truth By Kerstin Kohlenberg He could never be a diplomat: Carne Ross remembers his father telling him that... more
12.11.15 | Reuters, in Paris, on the work of Independent Diplomat.  This is the fruit of six years of relentlessly hard work by an extraordinary group of young diplomats, led by the brilliant Dean Bialek:"The Marshall Islands and the bloc of 44 island states rely on pro-bono advice from New York-based Independent Diplomat, a non-profit consultancy started in 2004 by former British diplomat Carne Ross.The agency makes former diplomats and others with international experience available to clients that... more
10.29.15 | Today's news that the UK Iraq Inquiry's report will be further delayed stimulated the journalist Peter Oborne to conduct his own inquiry.  I was interviewed for this, as I testified to the so-called Chilcot Inquiry and the release of my evidence to the earlier Butler Inquiry is one of the reasons the full inquiry into the war (Chilcot) was established.  The programme is good, and offers clear details and testimony about how the Blair people lied about the war and how it was illegal. more
10.26.15 |

The Kurds in Rojava are testing a democratic model shaped by the political philosophy of an American eco-anarchist

A YPJ fighter at a shelter in Rojava, Syria©Carne Ross

Power to the people: an essay on Bookchin, anarchism and Rojava, Syria, by me in this weekend's Financial Times. The Kurds in Rojava are testing a democratic model shaped by the political philosophy of an American eco-anarchist ©Carne Ross A YPJ fighter at a shelter in Rojava, Syria Perhaps the last place you would expect to find a thriving experiment in direct democracy is Syria. But something radical is happening, little noticed, in the eastern reaches of that fractured country, in the... more
10.26.15 |

Here's a provocative talk I gave last week at UCLA Law School about the role of international law in diplomacy. Short version: it is power that makes the world, not law. And international law is often, although not invariably, a function of power.

A Talk with Carne Ross, the Founder of Independent Diplomat
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Here's a provocative talk I gave last week at UCLA Law School about the role of international law in diplomacy. Short version: it is power that makes the world, not law. And international law is often, although not invariably, a function of power. A Talk with Carne Ross, the Founder of Independent Diplomat uclalaw.hosted.panopto.com more