META-GEOPOLITICS OF OUTER SPACE: An Analysis of Space Power, Security and Governance (St Antony's Series)
THE POLITICS OF EMERGING STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGIES: Implications for Geopolitics, Human Enhancement and Human Destiny (St Antony's Series)
THE ROLE OF THE ARAB-ISLAMIC WORLD IN THE RISE OF THE WEST: Implications for Contemporary Trans-Cultural Relations (Palgrave MacMillan)
SUSTAINABLE HISTORY AND THE DIGNITY OF MAN: A Philosophy of History and Civilisational Triumph
CRITICAL TURNING POINTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: 1915 - 2015
NEO-STATECRAFT AND META-GEOPOLITICS:
Reconciliation of Power, Interests and Justice in the 21st Century
"EMOTIONAL AMORAL EGOISM":
A Neurophilosophical Theory of Human Nature
and its Universal Security Implications

POTENTIAL GLOBAL STRATEGIC CATASTROPHES:
Balancing Transnational Responsibilities and Burden-sharing with Sovereignty and Human Dignity

SYMBIOTIC REALISM:
A Theory of International Relations in an Instant and an Interdependent World
THE THREE PILLARS OF
SUSTAINABLE NATIONAL SECURITY
IN A TRANSNATIONAL WORLD

THE FIVE DIMENSIONS OF GLOBAL SECURITY:
Proposal for a Multi-sum Security Principle
THE ROLE OF EDUCATION IN GLOBAL SECURITY
MULTILATERALISM AND TRANSNATIONAL SECURITY:
A Synthesis of Win-Win Solutions
POLICY BRIEFS ON THE
TRANSCULTURAL ASPECTS OF
SECURITY AND STABILITY

POLICY BRIEFS ON THE
TRANSNATIONAL ASPECTS OF
SECURITY AND STABILITY

THE EMERGENCE OF BLOGS
AS a Fifth Estate AND
THEIR SECURITY IMPLICATIONS

THE GEOPOLITICAL AND GEOSECURITY
IMPLICATIONS OF GLOBALIZATION

A PROPOSAL FOR INCLUSIVE PEACE AND SECURITY
STABILITY OF STATES:
The Nexus Between Transnational Threats,
Globalization, and Internal Resilience

PILLARS OF GLOBALIZATION
GLOBAL BIOSECURITY:
Towards a New Governance Paradigm
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Sustainable History

This website is dedicated to the ideas and publications of Nayef Al-Rodhan.

Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan is a Philosopher, Neuroscientist and Geostrategist.

Senior Member, St. Antony's College, Oxford University, UK, and Senior Fellow and Centre Director of the Centre for the Geopolitics of Globalization and Transnational Security, Geneva Center for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland. Read more

SUSTAINABLE HISTORY AND THE DIGNITY OF MAN: A Philosophy of History and Civilisational Triumph

Book of the week


Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan

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SUSTAINABLE HISTORY AND THE DIGNITY OF MAN is a new philosophy of history. This volume outlines how sustainable history is propelled by good governance, which balances the tension between the attributes of human nature – emotionality, amorality and egoisms – and human dignity needs, such as reason, security, human rights, accountability, transparency (...) Read more

 

EndorsementS

“This book is an exceptionally wide-ranging examination of past and present approaches to the securing of a qualitatively adequate social life on the planet. The need for intercultural dialogue is pressing and stated as a matter of urgency in the text. That argument is well-presented and it is helpfully accompanied by a large amount of empirical evidence. The book is also a strong and ethically attractive humanist statement about the value of human interaction that incorporates a vision of mutual respect based on a mixture of scientific arguments and normative aspirations. Those features are very impressive.”

Professor Michael Freeden, Professor of Politics, Director of the Centre for Political Ideologies, Professorial Fellow, Mansfield College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

"Dr. Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan challenges us to grapple with the meaning of history and how it could lead to the improvement of the human condition. This book presents his views on how a sustainable history based on human dignity could be achieved. In his opinion, this requires good governance, based on “reason, security, human rights, accountability, transparency, justice, opportunity, innovation and inclusiveness.” I agree, and I hope that the path laid out in this book attracts many followers."

President Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States.

“No-one seeking to understand the modern condition can afford to ignore Dr Al-Rodhan's inspiring book, a profound analysis of the core values around which effective global governance can be built and sustained.”

Lord Anthony Giddens, House of Lords, Former President of LSE, UK.

Sample Quotes


1) "I define sustainable history as a durable progressive trajectory in which the quality of life on this planet or other planets is premised on the guarantee of human dignity for all at all times and under all circumstances." (Nayef Al-Rodhan, Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man, p. 13)

2) "The sustainable history approach set out in this study views history as propelled by good governance paradigms that balance the tension between human nature attributes (emotionality, amorality and egoisms), on the one hand, and human dignity needs (reason, security, human rights, accountability, transparency, justice, opportunity, innovation and inclusiveness), on the other." (Nayef Al-Rodhan, Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man, p. 13)

3) "In my opinion, a life governed by reason is likely to be more dignified than one shaped by dogma and unbridled emotions." (Nayef Al-Rodhan, Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man, p. 437)

Article of the week

Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan, Gérard Stoudmann, and Marc Finaud, "Proposal for a Security Matrix," Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 20, 2006.

Concept of the week

Just Power

The employment of a state’s soft and hard power tools in the service of justice. “Just Power” argues that the promotion of justice should be the aim of modern statecraft, not for altruistic reasons, but because it is the only sustainable way that states can promote progress and stability in a globalised world. The concept of just power holds that state power needs to be employed in accordance with basic principles of justice at all times. This needs to be done not necessarily for moral reasons, but because it is the only sustainable way to promote national interests and achieve national security. By promoting justice and thus the interests of the international community as a whole, a state will be able to make its influence over others sustainable and achieve its own national interest.

(see Neo-statecraft and Meta-geopolitics by Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan)