Carne Ross was once a British diplomat; now he’s an anarchist. In the Foreign Office, he worked as the speechwriter to two foreign secretaries, worked on terrorism, four wars and the global environment. He served in British embassies in Germany, Norway and Afghanistan. In New York, Carne was Britain’s expert at the UN on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. He resigned over the Iraq War after giving secret evidence to the first official inquiry into the war. He founded and now runs a unique non-profit diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat, which gives diplomatic advice and assistance to democratic countries and political movements worldwide, such as the democratic opposition in Syria and small island states in international climate negotiations.
He’s a frequent commentator on world affairs on the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera, and author of two books, “Independent Diplomat: dispatches from an unaccountable elite” (Hurst) and “The Leaderless Revolution: how ordinary people will change politics and take power in the 21st century” (Simon & Schuster). Once an extra on the Alan Partridge show, he’s been interviewed by Stephen Colbert, Russell Brand and on BBC “Hardtalk”. He was the subject of the recent BBC4 documentary film, Accidental Anarchist, and the inspiration for John le Carré’s most recent thriller. Today, he is involved in political struggles from Syria to Palestine, Somalia to the Western Sahara, and was active in Occupy Wall Street in New York City, where he tried to set up a people’s bank. A sceptic of contemporary democracy and capitalism, Carne has come to believe that only government – and action - by the people themselves – anarchism – can work for today’s circumstances.