Articles - 2012 & 2013

Articles by Nayef Al-Rodhan


Sustainable Power is Just Power

December 6, 2013 - E-International Relations

The question of power has been a continuous preoccupation in IR debates and the recent situation in Syria has further demonstrated its complexity. The much-disputed “limited strikes” that the US threatened to take against Syria’s ruling regime in September eventually dissipated with diplomatic compromise and UN mediation.

 

Printing the Future?

November 19, 2013- International Relations and Security Network, ETH Zurich

Is 3D printing eventually going to exceed the Internet in its economic impact? Nayef Al-Rodhan thinks so, and in doing so it’s also going to transform our societies, our freedoms and our sense of security.

 

Moving Away from the End of History to a Sustainable History

November 12, 2013- Politics in Spires

Two decades ago, the ‘End of History’, à la Francis Fukuyama, seemed a plausible prediction for many in the West. At least, it was a prediction many hoped would turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

Freedom vs. Dignity: A Sustainable History Thesis for the Arab Spring

November 7, 2013- Georgetown Journal

The Arab Spring is perhaps the most important transformative movement since the revolutions that swept through Eastern Europe in 1989. For many countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the rapid collapse of regimes in 2011 produced radical changes in domestic, regional, and international politics, marking a definite departure from their former regimes.

 

The Pivot Expanded

October 30, 2013- Small Wars Journal

The recent détente in US-Iran relations, marked by direct conversations between President Obama and Iran`s Hassan Rouhani, sparked cautious optimism in some political circles.

Inevitable Transhumanism? How Emerging Strategic Technologies will affect the Future of Humanity

October 29, 2013- International Relations and Security Network, ETH Zurich

It is ironic and indeed counterintuitive that our own human nature has a huge potential to drive us towards physical and cognitive enhancements that may completely alter the characteristics of our species. As I have outlined in a previous work, human nature is defined by emotional amoral egoism. 

China and the United States: A Symbiosis

September 27, 2013- The National Interest

The flurry of speculation and polemic that has characterized U.S.-Chinese relations in the past decade or so reached a new intensity with the leadership turnover in China earlier this year. As Barack Obama started his second term in office and Xi Jinping assumed power in March, renewed debates emerged about the future of U.S.-Chinese relations, still perceived as the two greatest competitors for hegemonic status in international affairs.

Dignity Deficit Fuels Uprisings in the Middle East

September 10, 2013- Yale Global

The way the political situation has evolved in the countries that experienced the so-called Arab Spring has created despondency in some quarters. 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. 

 

尊严缺失助燃中东起义 (Dignity Deficit Fuels Uprisings In The Middle East)

September 10, 2013- Yale Global (Chinese Version)

The way the political situation has evolved in the countries that experienced the so-called Arab Spring has created despondency in some quarters. 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. 

el Déficit de Dignidad Alimenta Las Rebeliones De Oriente Medio 

September, 2013- BBVA OpenMind

¿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.

Knowledge and Global Order

August, 2013- BBVA OpenMind

“Why do they hate us?” is a question often asked among the American population since September 11, 2001. At the same time, Arab-Islamic populations around the world find themselves in a similar predicament. Ubiquitous misrepresentations and alienating stereotypes pervade through security discourses, conflating images of an extremist minority with the attitudes of the peaceful majority. 

Conocimiento y Orden Mundial

August, 2013- BBVA OpenMind

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.

 

Arab Spring Transitions Need Home Grown Solutions

August 7, 2013- IPI Global Observatory

The new era of transition ushered in by the Arab Spring across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has brought opportunities for external actors to reset their foreign policies towards the countries of the region. However, Arab states accept aid reluctantly from the outside, as mistrust still abounds. Externally driven initiatives tend to be viewed as potential vehicles for influence or subterfuges for the de-Islamization and meddling in the Arab world. 

Emotionality of States and Symbiotic Realism

May 7, 2013- The Huffington Post

The role and political repercussions of human ego, emotions and sensibilities in state conduct and international relations are, less transient and more pervasive than it is often acknowledged. 
This paper analyses the concept of state emotionality and briefly discusses the theory of " Symbiotic Realism, " as a more comprehensive framework for interstate relations in our modern...

El Futuro de Las Relaciones Internacionales: Una Teoria Del Realismo Simbiotico

2013- BBVA OpenMind

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."

The Future of International Relations: A Symbiotic Realism Theory

2012- BBVA OpenMind

Hans Morgenthau once wrote that: “ International relations is something not to be taken for granted, but something to be understood and to be changed and, more particularly, to be changed beyond the present limits of its political structure and organization. Here lies indeed the ultimate theoretical and practical justification for our interest in a theory of international relations.” 

 

 

 

 

 


"Sustainable Global Security", in F. Géré and M. Sharpe (Eds.), 'Global Security: A Vision for the Future - Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities for Research in the Information Age' (.pdf) NATO Science for Peace and Security Series - E: Human and Societal Dynamics, IOS Press, 2011.

"Lecture on Sustainable History, Human Dignity and Trans-Cultural Synergy", Royal Society, posted 29th June 2011.

"Le déficit de dignité collective et le futur du monde arabe", LeMonde.fr, April 5, 2011.

"Three Philosophical Works in Global Politics", by Tel Asiado, Suite 101, October 4, 2010.

Finest Quotes

Interview with Dr. Al-Rodhan, by Norm Goldman, Bookpleasures.com, published July 9, 2010.

 Nayef Al-Rodhan, comment on “Opinion: How history’s first draft got it wrong,” by Michael Goldfarb, GlobalPost, 11 November 2009, posted 3 December 2009.

 “Local Culture and History,” Letters to the International Herald Tribune, International Herald Tribune, November 20, 2009.

 “GCSP Geneva Paper 9, Security Strategies Today: Trends and Perspectives,” GCSP Geneva Papers, November, 2009.

 “Multi-sum Security: Five Distinct Dimensions,” Safeguarding Security in Turbulent Times -  ISN Special Report, May 2009.

 "Proposal for a Security Matrix," Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 20, 2006.

 "Proposal for a Stability Matrix," Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 20, 2006.

 "Proposal for a Globalization Matrix: Quantifying Impacts and Response," Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, June 19, 2006.

"Definitions of Globalization: A Comprehensive Overview and a Proposed Definition," Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, June 19, 2006.

 "Historical Milestones of Globalization," Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, June 19, 2006.

 "Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 23, Arms Control in a Globalized World," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 6, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 22, Changing Health Paradigms, Globalization, and Global Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 6, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 21, Xenophobia, Media Stereotyping, and Their Role in Global Insecurity," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 6, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 20, US Environmental Policy and Global Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 6, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 19, Proliferation, Non-State Actors, and the Impact on Global Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 6, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 18, The Non-Proliferation Regime," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 6, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 17, Natural Disasters, Globalization, and the Implications for Global Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 6, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 16, Water, Globalization, and Global Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 6, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 15, US Hegemony and Globalization," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, December 6, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 14, Is NATO Going Global?," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, September 28, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 13, The United Nations and the Challenges of a Globalized World: Towards a Quantum Leap from Multilateralism to Globalization?," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, September 28, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 12, Potential Outcomes of Migration Flux in a Globalized World and Its Security Implications," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, September 28, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 11, Informal Remittance Flows and Their Implications for Global Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, September 28, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 10, Ethics, Civil Liberties, Globalization and Global Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, September 28, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 9, Security in the Caspian Sea Region: Challenges and Opportunities in a Globalized World," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, September 28, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 8, Energy Security, Globalization and Global Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, September 28, 2006.

"GCSP Policy Brief No. 7, Danish Cartoons: A Symptom of Global Insecurity," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, July 12, 2006.

"GCSP Policy Brief No. 6, Oil, Ports, and Steel: Symptoms of Global Insecurity," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, July 7, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 5, Delivering Regional Security in a Globalizing World: The European Union's Enlargement to Turkey," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, June 22, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 4, Peace Operations: Reflections of, Responses to, and Victims of, Globalization," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, June 22, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 3, Prevention of WMD Proliferation, Globalization, and International Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, June 22, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 2, Transcultural Issues, Globalization, and Global Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, June 22, 2006.

"Editorial of GCSP Policy Brief No. 1, Information Technology, Terrorism, and Global Security," GCSP Policy Brief Series, Program on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalization and Transnational Security, June 19, 2006.