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Episode 10
Featuring Carne Ross
Demetri Kofinas speaks with diplomat Carne Ross about the limits of modern diplomacy and how national politics constrain our capacity for addressing global problems. Is there a better way forward, and what can history teach us about the possibilities for new forms of self-governance and organization in the 21st century?

In this week’s episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Carne Ross. Carne is the founder of Independent Diplomat, which advises dozens of democratic countries and political groups on using diplomacy to achieve their foreign policy goals. In his former capacity as a British diplomat, Carne worked on the Middle East, the global environment, weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. He served in British embassies within Germany, Norway, Kosovo, Afghanistan and the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he was Britain’s Middle East expert. Carne was also chief speechwriter to the British foreign secretary. Carne Ross resigned from the UK Foreign Service in 2004, after testifying and giving secret evidence to the UK’s first official inquiry into the Iraq war. Author of two books on world political affairs, Carne is a frequent commentator on international affairs on the BBC, NPR, CNN, Al Jazeera and elsewhere. Carne has also written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, The Nation and many other publications.

 

Carne helps us explore the world of modern diplomacy, from the end of the Cold War and the dismemberment of the Soviet Union, through the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, all the way to the Syrian Civil War and the rise of ISIS. We consider the limits of modern diplomacy and how national politics constrain our capacity for addressing global problems. We address the legitimacy of the state and question our relationship to authority. How much are politicians, technocrats, and global elites responsible for the populism and outrage on display in the Western world? Is there a better way forward, and what can history and technology, teach us about the possibilities for new forms of self-governance and organization in the 21st century?

 

Producer & Host: Demetri Kofinas

Editor & Engineer: Stylianos Nicolaou

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Carne Ross founded and now runs Independent Diplomat (ID), an award-winning advisory group that offers expert advice and support on diplomatic strategy to democratic governments and political groups, such as the Syrian democratic opposition and the Marshall Islands, which successfully led a large coalition of countries to demand a robust UN climate agreement in Paris. Founded in 2004, ID has been involved in multiple self-determination processes, including Kosovo, South Sudan, Somaliland and the Western Sahara, and today works with groups in Mali, Myanmar, Palestine, Sri Lanka and Syria, among others.  It has also enabled the first-ever official delegation of refugees to take part in diplomatic negotiations on UN refugee agreements.

 

An author of two books on international affairs and anarchism (most recently, “The Leaderless Revolution”), Carne is a frequent commentator for the BBC, CNN, New York Times, Financial Times and other publications. He is the subject of the recent BBC4 documentary film, “Accidental Anarchist”. Carne is a former senior British diplomat and WMD expert who resigned after giving then-secret evidence to the first official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war.

 

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