great powers critique: the nation-state in the 21st century

Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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  1. Cascadian says:

    Hey Chris, the link to your global gaurillas/John Robb link seems to be broken. I’d love to read more on this.Report

  2. Link repaired in Chris’ absence. It’s still pretty early on the West Coast.Report

  3. Cascadian says:

    Thanks Scott. I was hoping it linked to an essay on Robb’s take (which I really like). Yup, early. Reading the blogs with coffee.Report

  4. Chris really is the John Robb expert, so he may well have something to offer. But as a fly-by I would suggest heading over to Robb’s blog, searching for “resilient communities”, and then gobbling whatever comes up.Report

  5. Cascadian says:

    Thanks Scott. I found his site and have been having a good look around. I’ve been thinking along similar lines for a while. I look forward to picking Chris’s brain.Report

  6. Chris Dierkes says:

    Scott thanks for fixing the link while I was still in the land of dreams.


    Yeah Robb is excellent. Scott’s right if you go to his site he has a search function (lower right bar) and a category tag of resilient community. I think he’s working on a book (his 2nd) on this topic as a balance against the dark side of Brave New War/Global (criminal) Guerrillas.Report

  7. Cascadian says:

    Thanks Chris. I spent the morning reading his site. It certainly resonates with me. I’ve been using the term neo-tribal or neo-feudal internally to describe some of my thoughts that are parallel with Robb’s. I quite like the concept of resiliency and iteration.Report

  8. Deven says:

    If you like Robb’s blog, you’ll probably like . It’s like a India-focused version.Report