Carne Ross is a former British diplomat who resigned in 2004 after giving then-secret evidence to a British inquiry into the Iraq war.
After he quit, he founded the world's first non-profit diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat, which advises marginalized countries and groups around the world. In 2007, his critique of contemporary diplomacy was published in Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite.
Carne's analysis of world affairs and his deepening interest in alternate systems of organising affairs (in particular, anarchism) are explored in his latest book, The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century.
Carne's experience from inside an institution dealing with some of the most difficult of contemporary challenges--terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan--has convinced him 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.