About the Author

I am a graduate student currently completing my M.A. in Conflict Studies and International Affairs.

As far as I’m concerned, I’m still in the formative years of my academic work; however, I do have a variety of focuses which include, but are not limited to the following: nation-building/state-building, organic security systems (e.g. militias, lashkars, etc.), counterinsurgency, and colonialism, with a keen interest in indirect rule.

I also enjoy gardening.

I can be contacted at hobbesonafob(at)gmail(dot)com



  1. Hi Todd, found your blog from your comment on John Robb’s Global Guerrillas. Im sitting here at work unable to get anything done because I cant stop reading your posts. There is truly some great stuff here.

    I was actually wondering also what you thought of John’s resilient communities. I’m not sure I really understand all that well, but then again I havent read his books yet. Anyway I’ll be looking forward to reading more of your works/


    • Thank you for the encouragement Gary – it is most appreciated.
      I’m currently at a conference (for international trade, oddly enough) and I have to find time to go to the coffee shop for free internet. Posting will be spotty for the next few days. The hotel does graciously offer internet for a low charge of 15 dollars per diem, but that is too rich for my blood and contrary to my values (the internet should at least be included with the room charge so the charge doesn’t seem so exorbitant). Ideally, it would be low-cost or free internet for all.

      I’ve posted an entry concerning your question on resilient communities:


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