MARK SKIDMORE—I view the primary struggle as not so much between nation states, but between the “elite” class and everyone else. I think of the western financial sector and the military industrial complex as two sides of the same coin. The western financial system (and information systems too) needs a strong military as enforcer, and the military needs the financiers to be sure the desired funding flows to the military-industrial complex. This dynamic ensures control and access to key resources such as oil, minerals, etc. globally.
This is not to say that those within the elite class always cooperate or that there isn’t a second-layer power struggle between nation-states and thus potential for nation-state conflict.