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.

How Britain helped Iran’s Islamic regime destroy the left-wing opposition by Mark Curtis and Phil Miller, Daily Maverick, 21 January 2020

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


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