Escaped from the bitch-goddess dial-up. I've got a ton of upkeep to do in links, emails etc. But in the meantime a book recommendation: Ropert Cooper's The Breaking of Nations: Order and Chaos in the Twenty-First Century.
Unlike Barnett's insightful but massively frustrating work, Cooper collects some of his essays into a framework of analysis that's crisp, clean, and useful. His analysis if the role of diplomacy in the new world is particularly interesting. It's a weekend read you won't regret.