Mark Curtis

Mark Curtis is an independent author, journalist and consultant. He is a former Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and was until recently Director of the World Development Movement. He has worked in the field of international development for 14 years, including as Head of Global Advocacy and Policy at Christian Aid and Head of Policy at ActionAid.

He has written five books and numerous articles on British and US foreign policies and international development and trade issues. His most recent books are: Unpeople: Britain's Secret Human Rights Abuses (Vintage, London, 2004); Web of Deceit: Britain's Real Role in the World (Vintage, London, 2003); Trade for Life: Making Trade Work for Poor People (Christian Aid, London, 2001); The Great Deception: Anglo-American Power and World Order (Pluto, London, 1998); and The Ambiguities of Power: British Foreign Policy since 1945 (Zed, London, 1995).

He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde and has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, Bonn. He is a graduate of Goldsmiths' College, University of London and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Current projects include a new book on British foreign policy and radical Islam, travel to various African countries to investigate why hunger is deepening among poor farmers and investigations into the harsh impact of British mining and energy companies overseas as well as the continuing hopeless task of interesting a mainstream media broadcaster in films on the reality of British foreign policy.


Mark Curtis, Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam. Serpent's Tail 2010.

Mark Curtis, Web of Deceit: Britain's Real Role in the World. With a Foreword by John Pilger. Vintage 2003.

Mark Curtis, The Ambiguites of Power: British Foreign Policy Since 1945. Zed Books 1995.

The son of Julian Assange’s judge is linked to an anti-data leak company created by the UK intelligence establishment by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Daily Maverick, 15 November 2019

Julian Assange’s judge and her husband’s links to the British military establishment exposed by WikiLeaks by Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard, Daily Maverick, 14 November 2019

Britain’s secret Saudi military support programme by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Daily Maverick, 27 September 2019

British government continues to aid repression in human rights-abusing countries, new data shows by Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard, Daily Maverick, 20 September 2019

Britain's seven covert wars: An Explainer by Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard, Daily Maverick, 17 September 2019

UK Security Services Neutralized Country’s Leading Liberal Newspaper by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Consortium News, 11 September 2019

Britain and Oman’s Special Relationship, Consortium News, 25 June 2019

What the Latest Secret Government File Says About UK Middle East Policy, Consortium News, 4 June 2019

How the West's war in Libya has spurred terrorism in 14 countries, Information Clearing House, 6 May 2019

British foreign policy in the Middle East: A secret history of self interest, Middle East Eye, 27 March 2019

The Twitter Smearing of Corbyn and Assange, Defend Democracy Press, 19 February 2019

Britain and the Iranian Revolution: Arms & Secret Deals, Consortium News, 8 February 2019

The Twitter Smearing of Corbyn and Assange, Consortium News, 14 January 2019

Will the US and UK seek a palace coup against Mohammed bin Salman? Middle East Eye, 25 October 2018

Julian Assange should be thanked - not smeared - for Wikileaks' service to journalism, Middle East Eye, 21 October 2018

Britain’s warfare state by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, openDemocracy, 23 September 2018

Are the US and UK empowering al-Qaeda in Yemen? , Middle East Eye, 7 September 2018

Murder on the beach: British-backed wars helped create Tunisian killer, Middle East Eye, 3 July 2018

Britain needs a full public inquiry into Libya war, Middle East Eye, 14 June 2018

Are British ministers consistently misleading parliament on their Middle East policy? Middle East Eye, 17 May 2018

How Britain engaged in a covert operation to overthrow Assad, Middle East Eye, 25 April 2018

Britain's collusion with radical Islam: Interview with Mark Curtis by Ian Sinclair, openDemocracy, 20 March 2018

For the British political elite, the invasion of Iraq never happened, Middle East Eye, 19 March 2018

Corbyn’s Labour party should promote more moderation, less extremism in UK foreign policy, 21 June 2017

A London attacker and UK covert operations in Syria and Libya, 7 June 2017

The Manchester Bombing as Blowback: The Latest Evidence by Mark Curtis and Nafeez Ahmed, Information Clearing House, 3 June 2017

The British establishment is putting our lives at risk: Our state's key ally is a major public threat,, 24 May 2017

UK General Election: What are the foreign policy implications? New Internationalist, 18 May 2017

A dangerous new era in British foreign policy: Talk at Stop the War annual conference, 27 April 2017

The UN: A brief history of the UK's long opposition, 14 March 2017

Why protests against Trump should be widened to change current UK foreign policy, 3 February 2017

Britain’s violations of international law, 23 January 2017

Britain’s Seven Covert Wars: RAF Drones, Embedded SAS Forces, Training of Jihadists, Global Research, 15 October 2016

Hilary Benn's speech The media's war footing on Corbyn and Syria, 4 December 2015

The coup in Iran, 1953, 30 November 2011 (12 February 2007)

Afghanistan is being stifled by military operations, The Guardian/Comment is free, 19 February 2011

The EU's ugly resource grab, The Guardian, 14 November 2010

Secret Affairs, By Mark Curtis Reviewed by Kim Sengupta, The Independent, 30 July 2010

Bin Laden, the Taliban, Zawahiri: Britain's done business with them all, The Guardian, 5 July 2010

Norway's dirty little secrets, The Guardian/Comment is free, 24 September 2009


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