Ian McCredie

Ian McCredie is a former senior British foreign service official. Most recently, he was Head of Corporate Security for Shell International. He now focuses on helping companies navigate the complexities and manage the risk of frontier markets. He is a mathematics graduate and speaks Farsi, French and Danish.

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy

Mar 16, 2021

“We are very much not a racist family,” shouted back Prince William at the reporter. The journalist had asked the wrong question. The right question would have been, “Is your family class conscious?” The reply to that would have been silence. When Meghan Markle, the duchess of Sussex and wife of...

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Feb 26, 2021

When the Ottoman Empire was dismantled in 1922, it created a vacuum which a series of powers have attempted to fill ever since. None has succeeded, and the result has been a century of wars, coups and instability. Iran ruled all these lands before the Arab and Ottoman conquests. It...

Iran’s Revenge Against Israel Will Be a Long Game

Dec 04, 2020

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, shot to death by a remote-controlled weapon on November 27 in Iran’s capital Tehran, was the fifth nuclear scientist Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, has assassinated over the past 13 years. He joins a list of dozens killed by Israeli special forces over the last five decades in the...

US Election 2020: The Fight of the Machines

Oct 15, 2020

Donald Trump is a cult leader with a following of millions. In the minds of cult followers, their leader, by definition, can do no wrong — all his actions are automatically right. The leader has a prophetic vison and a direct line to the divine. They are not bound by the rules...

Trump at the UN: A Failure to Lead

Sep 28, 2020

True to himself, US President Donald Trump completely failed to address any of the issues confronting the global community in his keynote speech to the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations. Instead, he used the platform to criticize China, to excoriate Iran, to boast of how big and dangerous the...

Russia’s Denials of Navalny’s Poisoning Fall on Deaf Ears

Aug 28, 2020

The Russian government has said it will not investigate the poisoning of the opposition politician and anti-corruption investigator Alexei Navalny until there is evidence of a crime. Navalny, who is 44, collapsed during a flight to Moscow after drinking a cup of tea at Tomsk airport on August 20. After...

Trump’s Failure in the Middle East

Aug 19, 2020

A stunning and humiliating sign of America’s loss of leadership was the UN Security Council’s rejection on August 14 of the US attempt to extend the arms embargo on Iran. None of its traditional allies, including Britain, France and Germany, supported the US. Washington was only backed by one country: the...

Iran’s Voters Send a Clear Message to the Regime

Feb 24, 2020

Two important facts emerged from the Iran elections on 21 February. The first is that the country actually held elections — a rarity in that region. The second is that the outcome was almost wholly negative for the regime. The candidate list had been purged of anyone not loyal to Supreme Leader Ali...

Will the West Lose Guyana to the Chinese?

Jan 06, 2020

Guyana, home to just 750,000 people, is about to leap from one of the poorest to one of the richest countries in the world. The financial predators are circling, led by the Chinese. Guyana‘s inexperience, incompetence and lack of Western interest will hand the Chinese a valuable prey. Oil discoveries off...

How Will Iran Respond to the Assassination of Qassem Soleimani?

Jan 03, 2020

The US assassination of Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at Baghdad’s international airport on January 3 is yet another example of the reckless actions of the Trump administration. The targeted killing was clearly opportunistic and will have unintended consequences.   General Soleimani was not the evil genius behind a...

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