Carne Ross – How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century
We are delighted to welcome Carne Ross to Edinburgh for this special lunch briefing at the New Club Edinburgh. Spaces are limited to 30 for this members-only roundtable discussion.
An unusual political phenomenon, Carne Ross has gone from consummate insider to critic of the establishment in the span of just a few short years. As a diplomat in the British Foreign Office, he served as his country’s Iraq expert at the United Nations Security Council in the run-up to the invasion in 2003. He resigned from his post, however, when he observed that his government had failed to explore suitable alternatives to war. Moreover, he charged, intelligence on Iraq was “massaged” into terrifying claims about Saddam’s supposed W.M.D. program. The intelligence gathering, he added, “led to highly misleading statements about the U.K. assessment of the Iraqi threat that were, in their totality, lies.”
Ross now runs Independent Diplomat, a non-partisan organisation whose staff is unaffiliated with any government or institution. Recently, Nikolas Kozloff caught up with the former British diplomat at his New York office to talk about Ross’s unlikely political journey as well as his new book The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century (Penguin, 2012), which examines why government institutions are not up to the task of solving major global problems and how people can create lasting and workable solutions to their everyday needs.