About this Blog

As a fan of collaborative projects, I hope that this blog will produce thoughtful discussions related to my academic interests. I will be posting select parts from my honours thesis, other essays, and musings on the following subjects:

  • The State 
  • Hybrid Political Orders
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Asymmetric Warfare
  • Non-state Actors (although I prefer my term: Contentious and Coercive Nonstate Actors – CCNAs)
  • Resilient Communities
  • Political Legitimacy
  • Nation/State-building
  • Security Sector Reform (SSR)
  • Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
  • Organic Defense Groups (ODFs) 

I suspect that these topics will encompass various geographic regions and historical periods – that’s a good thing. I welcome any thoughtful contributions and constructive criticism.

I will give credit where credit is due.



  1. Todd,

    Great to come across your blog. I think you may enjoy James C. Bennett’s The Anglosphere Challenge, as well as James Davidson and Lord Rees-Mogg’s The Sovereign Individual. Both explore how the Internet will enable more resilient communities and unbundling of state sovereignty.

    The worldwide growth of deed-based, private community associations — sometimes facilitated by tax deductions or credits to the degree they assume governmental service responsibilities — may also be of interest.

    Finally I hope you’ll visit http://www.athousandnations.com and http://www.openworld.com for ideas related to your interest.

    Mark Frazier

    • Hi Mark,

      Thanks for the reading and blog recommendations – much appreciated. I look forward to engaging some of this material.



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