I am a former British diplomat who resigned in 2004 after giving then-secret evidence to a British inquiry into the war.
After I quit, I founded the world's first non-profit diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat, which advises marginalized countries and groups around the world. In 2007, my critique of contemporary diplomacy was published: "Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite".
This site offers news about my writing and media appearances on world affairs and my deepening interest in alternate systems of organising our affairs, in particular anarchism. My new book, "The Leaderless Revolution: how ordinary people will take power and change politics in the 21st century" (Penguin Books) goes into these ideas in more detail. My TED talk provides a bit more about my story.
My experience from inside government dealing with some of the most difficult of contemporary challenges - climate, terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan - has convinced me that government, as currently constituted, is a poor and failing mechanism to deal with the world's problems. We need to look for alternatives, not least action by us, ourselves.
My work with Independent Diplomat has been profiled in Buzzfeed, Foreign Policy, the New York Times and Time magazine. This interview in the LA Review of Books is the best account of my political ideas. Al Jazeera English has broadcast a documentary about Independent Diplomat's work. You can see a full list of my press articles and other writing here, and a full list of my other media appearances here, including recent appearances on The Colbert Report and the Bill Moyers show. You can follow me on Twitter - @carneross