In light of the world having gotten far more interesting, we may have reach the apex of the nation state.
I finished (for the book club) the book Diamond Age (by Seattle author Neal Stephenson) and it seems we are hurtling towards a world where national & state boundaries are going to get subordinated. Just as it's de rigeur now for Elitestanis to have second passports so in the same way middle classes are coming under significant strain in the West.
Paradoxically after the Malaysian crash I am beginning to think the third world can be a better safe haven than the first world. London, Moscow and NY may be prime targets but who'd want to do anything in the DRC?