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 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
“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.
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 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.
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.