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
This book proposes an innovative and comprehensive framework for conducting statecraft in the 21st century. Called neo-statecraft, this framework is based on the reconciliation of power, interests and justice. The author proposes four substrates of neo-statecraft: 1) a new structure he calls meta-geopolitics, which includes seven inter-related dimensions of state power (...) Read more
“This book offers a refreshing and ambitious re-examination of the nature of statecraft and geopolitics and contains a number of relevant concepts that can be translated into brand-new research and ambitious policy goals. Building on a number of his previous concepts, the author continues a remarkable endeavour aimed at updating and adapting traditional geopolitical perceptions. Step by step, brick after brick, the author is clearly building a major comprehensive contribution to strategic thinking and diplomacy.”
Professor François Géré, Director of Research at Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle and President of the French Institute for Strategic Analysis (IFAS), Paris, France.
“This book provides a carefully crafted description of how the international system is being transformed and defines the challenges facing contemporary statecraft in handling that transformation. Nayef Al-Rodhan has undertaken this enormous task by defining the concept of meta-geopolitics and addressing potential future problems while making full use of the analytical tools that he has developed. It is a unique and intellectually courageous undertaking that will help us gain deeper insights into the many dimensions of current and future security challenges.”
Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, Chairman of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm, Sweden.
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)
"Nayef Al-Rodhan - Three Philosophical Works in Global Politics", by Tel Asiado, Suite 101, October 4, 2010.
These include: (1) participation, equity and inclusiveness; (2) rule of law; (3) separation of powers; (4) free, independent and responsible media; (5) government legitimacy; (6) accountability; (7) transparency; and (8) limiting the distorting effect of money in politics.