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
10.01.15 |

 The Kurds' Democratic Experiment, New York Times, Sept. 30 2015

  Thrilled that the New York Times has run my oped on Rojava - I think the first time that name has been mentioned there. They need the attention.  Here's the article in full:   The Kurds’ Democratic Experiment - New York Times, September 30, 2015 Across an empty and arid plain, south of a town in eastern Syria called Tell Brak, there is a long berm marking the front line of the war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. A levee of gravel about 20 feet high was raised by... more
08.06.15 |
The Failure to Question the bombing of Hiroshima means that nuclear war is more likely The New Yorker has reprinted this remarkable John Hersey essay about survivors from Hiroshima. Until it was published in 1946, the American public had very little idea of what had taken place. Seventy years after the bombing, there is strikingly little reflection on the morality of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks. NPR this morning carried a report about a historian who has researched the secret military... more
08.04.15 |
This is a good report on Mondragon, Spain's massive coop in the Basque country. Teeth-suckers always argue that you cannot take coops to scale i.e. have big ones. Mondragon proves them wrong. It's one of Spain's largest companies, from buses to banking. The bosses are paid no more than eight times the lowest paid. Their philosophy is that jobs are more important than making as much money as possible. Radical. Buck's report is about how Mondragon dealt with a part of its business that was... more