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SUSTAINABLE HISTORY 
by Nayef Al-Rodhan

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

Honorary Fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford University, UK, and Senior Fellow and Programme Director of the Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland.


FEATURED BOOK

META-GEOPOLITICS OF OUTER SPACE: An Analysis of Space Power, Security and Governance  One of the most distinctive features of Meta-geopolitics is its all-encompassing analysis of space power, security and geopolitical actors. Read more.

META-GEOPOLITICS OF OUTER SPACE: An Analysis of Space Power, Security and Governance 
One of the most distinctive features of Meta-geopolitics is its all-encompassing analysis of space power, security and geopolitical actors. Read more.

CONCEPTS

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. (Neo-statecraft and Meta-geopolitics
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NEWS

January 2015 Interview for Conflits Magazine

 

December 2014 Interview in Oxford Times Magazine

LATEST ARTICLES

March, 2015-  Scientific American The Many Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies. Brainlike computer chips, smart pharmacology and other advances offer great promise but also raise serious questions that we must deal with now. Read More.

March, 2015-  Scientific American

The Many Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies.

Brainlike computer chips, smart pharmacology and other advances offer great promise but also raise serious questions that we must deal with now. Read More.

March, 2015-  World Economic Forum Blog What are the Ethical Implications of Emerging Tech? What are the ethical and regulatory challenges faced by crucial emerging technologies like Genetic Engineering and Artificial Intelligence? Read More.

March, 2015-  World Economic Forum Blog

What are the Ethical Implications of Emerging Tech?

What are the ethical and regulatory challenges faced by crucial emerging technologies like Genetic Engineering and Artificial Intelligence? Read More.

February, 2015-  ISN Blog, ETH Zurich The Meta-Geopolitics of Geneva 1815-2015 What geopolitical factors helped transform Geneva into a global economic and diplomatic center? Read More.

February, 2015-  ISN Blog, ETH Zurich

The Meta-Geopolitics of Geneva 1815-2015

What geopolitical factors helped transform Geneva into a global economic and diplomatic center? Read More.

  February, 2015- Global Policy Journal   Quantum Computing and Global Security   What are the implications of Quantum Computing for     progress and security? Read More.  

  February, 2015- Global Policy Journal

  Quantum Computing and Global Security

  What are the implications of Quantum Computing for     progress and security? Read More.

 

February, 2015- Open Mind Gratificación Neuroquímica Sostenible y el Significado de la existencia ¿cuál es el sentido de la vida ? Leer Más.

February, 2015- Open Mind

Gratificación Neuroquímica Sostenible y el Significado de la existencia

¿cuál es el sentido de la vida ? Leer Más.

February, 2015- Open Mind Sustainable Neurochemical Gratification and the Meaning of Existence What is the meaning of life, see my new article. Read More.

February, 2015- Open Mind

Sustainable Neurochemical Gratification and the Meaning of Existence

What is the meaning of life, see my new article. Read More.

February, 2015- Politics in Spires Who Are We:  Neurochemical Man and Emotional Amoral Egoism How our neurochemistry influences our Human Nature. Read More.

February, 2015- Politics in Spires

Who Are We:  Neurochemical Man and Emotional Amoral Egoism

How our neurochemistry influences our Human Nature. Read More.

January, 2015- The Montréal Review Who Are We:  Neurochemical Man and Emotional Amoral Egoism How our neurochemistry influences our Human Nature. Read More.

January, 2015- The Montréal Review

Who Are We:  Neurochemical Man and Emotional Amoral Egoism

How our neurochemistry influences our Human Nature. Read More.

January, 2015- BBVA OpenMind Education and Global Security An Educational Program that promotes cultural security and understanding. Read More. 

January, 2015- BBVA OpenMind

Education and Global Security

An Educational Program that promotes cultural security and understanding. Read More. 

January, 2015- BBVA OpenMind Educación y Seguridad Mundial Un programa educativo incluyente a nivel mundial que promueve la seguridad y el entendimiento culturales. Leer Más.

January, 2015- BBVA OpenMind

Educación y Seguridad Mundial

Un programa educativo incluyente a nivel mundial que promueve la seguridad y el entendimiento culturales. Leer Más.

January, 2015 - GCSP Editorials  The Ethical and Security Implications of Synthetic Biology and Cognitive Enhancement Assessing the future impact of crucial emerging technologies. Read More.

January, 2015 - GCSP Editorials 

The Ethical and Security Implications of Synthetic Biology and Cognitive Enhancement

Assessing the future impact of crucial emerging technologies. Read More.

December, 2014 - E-International Relations A Proposed Theory of Knowledge: Neuro-Rational Physicalism Exploring the factors that influence how we acquire knowledge. Read More.

December, 2014 - E-International Relations

A Proposed Theory of Knowledge: Neuro-Rational Physicalism

Exploring the factors that influence how we acquire knowledge. Read More.

December, 2014 - ISN Blog, ETH Zurich Minimum Criteria for Sustainable Global Governance Exploring the importance of the eight criteria for sustainable global governance. Read More.

December, 2014 - ISN Blog, ETH Zurich

Minimum Criteria for Sustainable Global Governance

Exploring the importance of the eight criteria for sustainable global governance. Read More.

November, 2014 - Global Policy  Education and Global Security We need a globally inclusive educational program that promotes cultural security and understanding. Read More.

November, 2014 - Global Policy 

Education and Global Security

We need a globally inclusive educational program that promotes cultural security and understanding. Read More.

November, 2014 - World Economic Forum  Will Biology Change What it Means to Be Human? The latest scientific advances will soon enable us to take charge of evolution itself. Read More.

November, 2014 - World Economic Forum 

Will Biology Change What it Means to Be Human?

The latest scientific advances will soon enable us to take charge of evolution itself. Read More.

November, 2014 - ISN Blog, ETH Zurich The Geopolitics of Europe: 1815-2015 Reexamining the last 200 years of the Geopolitics of Europe and why we need to apply a Meta-Geopolitical framework for today. Read More.

November, 2014 - ISN Blog, ETH Zurich

The Geopolitics of Europe: 1815-2015

Reexamining the last 200 years of the Geopolitics of Europe and why we need to apply a Meta-Geopolitical framework for today. Read More.

October, 2014 - E-International Relations Eight Substrates for a Possible Universal Axiology Essentialism in one of the biggest threats to inter-cultural understanding. Read More.

October, 2014 - E-International Relations

Eight Substrates for a Possible Universal Axiology

Essentialism in one of the biggest threats to inter-cultural understanding. Read More.

October, 2014- ISN Blog, ETH Zurich Emerging Technologies: Security and Regulatory Concerns New security technologies require urgent oversight. Read More.

October, 2014- ISN Blog, ETH Zurich

Emerging Technologies: Security and Regulatory Concerns

New security technologies require urgent oversight. Read More.

October, 2014- Foreign Affairs  Design Within Reach Preparing for the 4-D Printing Revolution. Read More.

October, 2014- Foreign Affairs 

Design Within Reach

Preparing for the 4-D Printing Revolution. Read More.

October, 2014- Georgetown Journal of International Affairs Programmable Matter: 4D Printing's Promises and Risks The future of fabrication. Read More.

October, 2014- Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Programmable Matter: 4D Printing's Promises and Risks

The future of fabrication. Read More.

September, 2014- Harvard International Review The Social Contract 2.0: Big Data and the Need to Guarantee Privacy and Civil Liberties Why in this age of big data and surveillance, privacy and civil liberties need to be protected more than ever.  Read More.

September, 2014- Harvard International Review

The Social Contract 2.0: Big Data and the Need to Guarantee Privacy and Civil Liberties

Why in this age of big data and surveillance, privacy and civil liberties need to be protected more than ever.  Read More.

September, 2014- Politics in Spires The Social Contract 2.0: Big Data and the Need to Guarantee Privacy and Civil Liberties Why in this age of big data and surveillance, privacy and civil liberties need to be protected more than ever.  Read More.

September, 2014- Politics in Spires

The Social Contract 2.0: Big Data and the Need to Guarantee Privacy and Civil Liberties

Why in this age of big data and surveillance, privacy and civil liberties need to be protected more than ever.  Read More.

September, 2014- BBVA OpenMind El Contrato Social 2.0: Big Data Y La Necesidad De Garantizar La Privacidad Y Las Libertades Civiles Por qué en esta época de grandes datos y la vigilancia, la privacidad y las libertades civiles deben ser protegidos más que nunca. Leer Más.  

September, 2014- BBVA OpenMind

El Contrato Social 2.0: Big Data Y La Necesidad De Garantizar La Privacidad Y Las Libertades Civiles

Por qué en esta época de grandes datos y la vigilancia, la privacidad y las libertades civiles deben ser protegidos más que nunca. Leer Más.

 

September, 2014- BBVA OpenMind The Social Contract 2.0: Big Data and the Need to Guarantee Privacy and Civil Liberties Why in this age of big data and surveillance, privacy and civil liberties need to be protected more than ever. Read More. 

September, 2014- BBVA OpenMind

The Social Contract 2.0: Big Data and the Need to Guarantee Privacy and Civil Liberties

Why in this age of big data and surveillance, privacy and civil liberties need to be protected more than ever. Read More. 

August, 2014- BBVA OpenMind Reforming Democracy and the Future of History To spread Democracy, democratic nations must look inward first. Read More.

August, 2014- BBVA OpenMind

Reforming Democracy and the Future of History

To spread Democracy, democratic nations must look inward first. Read More.

August, 2014- BBVA OpenMind La Reforma De La Democracia Y El Futuro De La Historia Difundir la Democracia, las naciones democráticas deben mirar hacia adentro primero. Leer más.

August, 2014- BBVA OpenMind

La Reforma De La Democracia Y El Futuro De La Historia

Difundir la Democracia, las naciones democráticas deben mirar hacia adentro primero. Leer más.

August, 2014- ISN Blog, ETH Zurich The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History Europe overlooks long history of good exchanges with Arab-Islamic world and encourages defensive posture. Read More.

August, 2014- ISN Blog, ETH Zurich

The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

Europe overlooks long history of good exchanges with Arab-Islamic world and encourages defensive postureRead More.

July, 2014- Yale Global  The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History Europe overlooks long history of good exchanges with Arab-Islamic world and encourages defensive posture. Read More.

July, 2014- Yale Global 

The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

Europe overlooks long history of good exchanges with Arab-Islamic world and encourages defensive posture. Read More.

July, 2014- Yale Global 伊斯兰世界和西方:恢复共同的历史 (The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History) Europe overlooks long history of good exchanges with Arab-Islamic world and encourages defensive posture. Read more (Chinese version).

July, 2014- Yale Global

伊斯兰世界和西方:恢复共同的历史 (The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History)

Europe overlooks long history of good exchanges with Arab-Islamic world and encourages defensive postureRead more (Chinese version).

July, 2014- Global Policy  The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates Culture has a salient geopolitical relevance in a world that defines itself by much more than diplomatic exchanges and inter-state relations. Read More.

July, 2014- Global Policy 

The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates

Culture has a salient geopolitical relevance in a world that defines itself by much more than diplomatic exchanges and inter-state relations. Read More.

July, 2014- ISN Blog, ETH Zurich The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates Culture has a salient geopolitical relevance in a world that defines itself by much more than diplomatic exchanges and inter-state relations. Read More.

July, 2014- ISN Blog, ETH Zurich

The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates

Culture has a salient geopolitical relevance in a world that defines itself by much more than diplomatic exchanges and inter-state relations. Read More.

July, 2014- Politics in Spires The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates Culture has a salient geopolitical relevance in a world that defines itself by much more than diplomatic exchanges and inter-state relations. Read More.

July, 2014- Politics in Spires

The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates

Culture has a salient geopolitical relevance in a world that defines itself by much more than diplomatic exchanges and inter-state relations. Read More.

June, 2014 – Harvard International Review The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates Culture has a salient geopolitical relevance in a world that defines itself by much more than diplomatic exchanges and inter-state relations. Read More.

June, 2014 – Harvard International Review

The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates

Culture has a salient geopolitical relevance in a world that defines itself by much more than diplomatic exchanges and inter-state relations. Read More.

June, 2014 - The Globalist Reforming Democracy and the Future of History To spread Democracy, democratic nations must look inward first. Read more.

June, 2014 - The Globalist

Reforming Democracy and the Future of History

To spread Democracy, democratic nations must look inward first. Read more.

June, 2014- ISN Blog, ETH Zurich Reforming Democracy and the Future of History To spread Democracy, democratic nations must look inward first. Read more.

June, 2014- ISN Blog, ETH Zurich

Reforming Democracy and the Future of History

To spread Democracy, democratic nations must look inward first. Read more.

June, 2014- ISN Blog, ETH Zurich Geopolitics of Dignity In order to sustainable plan for the long term, human dignity must be placed at the heart of foreign and security policy. Read more.

June, 2014- ISN Blog, ETH Zurich

Geopolitics of Dignity

In order to sustainable plan for the long term, human dignity must be placed at the heart of foreign and security policy. Read more.

May, 2014 – E-International Relations  Meta-Geopolitics: the Relevance of Geopolitics in the Digital Age Geopolitics will always be salient to international relations because immobile geographic structures cannot be overlooked when studying the behavior of states. Read more.

May, 2014 – E-International Relations 

Meta-Geopolitics: the Relevance of Geopolitics in the Digital Age

Geopolitics will always be salient to international relations because immobile geographic structures cannot be overlooked when studying the behavior of states. Read more.

May, 2014 - Global Policy  Geopolitics of Dignity In order to sustainable plan for the long term, human dignity must be placed at the heart of foreign and security policy. Read more.

May, 2014 - Global Policy 

Geopolitics of Dignity

In order to sustainable plan for the long term, human dignity must be placed at the heart of foreign and security policy. Read more.

May, 2014- BBVA OpenMind Geopolítica de la dignidad Para planificar de manera sostenible a largo plazo, la dignidad humana debe situarse en el centro de la política exterior y de seguridad. Leer más.

May, 2014- BBVA OpenMind

Geopolítica de la dignidad

Para planificar de manera sostenible a largo plazo, la dignidad humana debe situarse en el centro de la política exterior y de seguridad. Leer más.

April, 2014 - Global Policy Synthetic Biology - What to Expect and Fear?  The ability to create new lifeforms is promises both unlimited potential and dangerous pitfalls. Read more

April, 2014 - Global Policy

Synthetic Biology - What to Expect and Fear? 
The ability to create new lifeforms is promises both unlimited potential and dangerous pitfalls. Read more

March, 2014 - Global Policy Rare-earth metals: anticipating the new battle for resources Natural resources are pivotal in international politics. They create patterns of cooperation, dependencies and alter balances of power. Read more.

March, 2014 - Global Policy

Rare-earth metals: anticipating the new battle for resources
Natural resources are pivotal in international politics. They create patterns of cooperation, dependencies and alter balances of power. Read more.

March, 2014 - Politics in Spires Cloaks of Invisibility: The latest frontier in military technology Fiction and reality have meshed to incredible extents in the past decades, and it is no longer a surprise to see sci-fi-inspired inventions used in everyday life. Read more.

March, 2014 - Politics in Spires
Cloaks of Invisibility: The latest frontier in military technology
Fiction and reality have meshed to incredible extents in the past decades, and it is no longer a surprise to see sci-fi-inspired inventions used in everyday life. Read more.

September, 2013 - Yale Global 尊严缺失助燃中东起义 (Dignity Deficit Fuels Uprisings in the Middle East) Are Arab nations doomed to remain fractious and poorly governed? The reasons for optimism can be found if one analyzes what triggered the upheavals in the first place. Read more (Chinese Version).

September, 2013 - Yale Global

严缺失助燃中东起义 (Dignity Deficit Fuels Uprisings in the Middle East)

Are Arab nations doomed to remain fractious and poorly governed? The reasons for optimism can be found if one analyzes what triggered the upheavals in the first place. Read more (Chinese Version).

September, 2013- BBVA OpenMind El Déficit de Dignidad Alimenta Las Rebeliones de Oriente Medio  ¿Están las naciones árabes condenados a seguir siendo rebelde y mal gobernados ? Las razones para el optimismo se pueden encontrar si se analiza lo que desencadenó los disturbios en el primer lugar. Leer más.

September, 2013- BBVA OpenMind

El Déficit de Dignidad Alimenta Las Rebeliones de Oriente Medio 

¿Están las naciones árabes condenados a seguir siendo rebelde y mal gobernados ? Las razones para el optimismo se pueden encontrar si se analiza lo que desencadenó los disturbios en el primer lugar. Leer más.

August, 2013- BBVA OpenMind Conocimiento y Orden Mundial Tergiversaciones ubicuas y estereotipos alienantes impregnan a través de los discursos de seguridad , fusionando imágenes de una minoría extremista con las actitudes de la mayoría pacífica. Leer más.

August, 2013- BBVA OpenMind

Conocimiento y Orden Mundial

Tergiversaciones ubicuas y estereotipos alienantes impregnan a través de los discursos de seguridad , fusionando imágenes de una minoría extremista con las actitudes de la mayoría pacífica. Leer más.

2013, BBVA OpenMind El Futuro de las Relaciones Internacionales: una Teoría del Realismo Simbiótico Hans Morgenthau una vez escribió que : "Las relaciones internacionales es algo que no debe darse por sentado , pero algo debe entender y ser cambiado y , más particularmente, a cambiar más allá de los límites actuales de su estructura política y la organización." Leer más.

2013, BBVA OpenMind

El Futuro de las Relaciones Internacionales: una Teoría del Realismo Simbiótico

Hans Morgenthau una vez escribió que : "Las relaciones internacionales es algo que no debe darse por sentado , pero algo debe entender y ser cambiado y , más particularmente, a cambiar más allá de los límites actuales de su estructura política y la organización." Leer más.

 

 

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Democracy guarantees political freedom and rights, yet is not incompatible with marginalization, exclusion, or poverty.
— From Reforming Democracy and the Future of History