Articles - 2014

Articles by Nayef Al-Rodhan


A Proposed Theory Of Knowledge:  Neuro-Rational Physicalism

December 13, 2014- E-International Relations

Exploring the factors that influence how we acquire knowledge.

 

Minimum Criteria for Sustainable Global Governance

December 4, 2014- International Relations and Security Network, ETH Zurich

Exploring the eight criteria for sustainable global governance.

 

Education and Global Security

November 28, 2014- Global Policy

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

 

Will Biology Change What it Means to Be Human?

November 10, 2014- World Economic Forum Blog

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

 

The Geopolitics of Europe: 1815-2015

November 5,  2014- International Relations and Security Network, ETH Zurich

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

 

Eight Substrates for a Possible Universal Axiology

October 21, 2014- E-International Relations

Why essentialism is one of the biggest threats to inter-cultural understanding.

 

Emerging Technologies: Security and Regulatory Concerns

October 10, 2014- International Security Network, ETH Zurich

New security technologies require urgent oversight.

 

Design Within Reach: Preparing for the 4-D Printing Revolution

October 8, 2014 – Foreign Affairs

The emerging technological revolution. 

 

Programmable Matter: 4D Printing's Promises and Risks

September 29, 2014 – Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

The future of fabrication. 

 

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

September 23, 2014 – BBVA OpenMind

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


El Contrato Social 2.0: Big Data y La Necesidad de Garantizar La Privacidad y Las Libertades Civiles

September 23, 2014 – BBVA OpenMind

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

 

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

September 21, 2014 – Politics in Spires

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

 

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

September 16, 2014 – Harvard International Review

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

 

Reforming Democracy and the Future of History

August 25, 2014- BBVA OpenMind

To spread Democracy, democratic nations must look inward first.

 

The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

August 22, 2014 – International Relations and Security Network, ETH Zurich

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

 

La Reforma de la Democracia y El Futuro de la Historia

August 11, 2014- BBVA OpenMind

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

 

The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates

July 24, 2014 – Global Policy

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

 

The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates

July 24, 2014 – International Relations and Security Network, ETH Zurich

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

 

The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates

July 19, 2014 – Politics in Spires

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

 

The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

July 15, 2014 – Yale Global

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

 

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

July 15, 2014 – Yale Global (Chinese Version)

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

 

The Geopolitics of Culture: Five Substrates

June 24, 2014 – Harvard International Review

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


Reforming Democracy and the Future of History

June 24, 2014- International Relations and Security Network, ETH Zurich

To spread Democracy, democratic nations must look inward first.

 

Reforming Democracy and the Future of History

June 14, 2014- The Globalist

To spread Democracy, democratic nations must look inward first.

 

Geopolitics of Dignity

June 9, 2014- International Relations and Security Network, ETH Zurich

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


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

May 25, 2014- E-International Relations

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

 

Geopolitics of Dignity

May 20, 2014- Global Policy

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

 

Geopolitica de la Dignidad

May, 2014- BBVA OpenMind

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

 

Synthetic Biology - What to Expect and Fear?

April 23, 2014- Global Policy

The ability to create new lifeforms is promises both unlimited potential and dangerous pitfalls. Interactions between life sciences and engineering are now providing solid ground for many futurologists to see their postulation of a “life 2.0” reality become materialized within decades. Life sciences have undergone outstanding transformations in the past five decades and the rapid advances in synthetic biology are pushing new frontiers in the chemistry of life and the manipulation of genetics.


Rare-Earth Metals: Anticipating the New Battle for Resources

March 24, 2014- Global Policy

Natural resources are pivotal in international politics. They create patterns of cooperation, dependencies and alter balances of power. Natural resources are pivotal in international politics. They create patterns of cooperation, dependencies and alter balances of power.

 

Cloaks of Invisibility: The Latest Frontier in Military Technology

March 6, 2014- Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

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. The military field has been no exception and is now at the cusp of groundbreaking innovations that could change war-making to its core.

 

Security, Ethics, and Emerging Technologies

March 4, 2014- World Economic Forum Blog

Technology has become perhaps the greatest agent of change in the modern world. While never without risk, positive technological breakthroughs promise innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time, from resource scarcity to global environmental change.

 

The Neurochemistry of Power: Implications for Political Change

February 27, 2014- Politics in Spires

Power, especially absolute and unchecked power, is intoxicating. Its effects occur at the cellular and neurochemical level. They are manifested behaviourallynin a variety of ways, ranging from heightened cognitive functions to lack of inhibition, poor judgment, extreme narcissism, perverted behaviour, and gruesome cruelty.

On Artificial Intelligence and Meta-Geopolitics

February 14, 2014- The Fletcher Forum

 When TOPIO 1.0, a bipedal humanoid robot that plays table tennis against a human being, was first displayed in 2007, the news hardly received global acclaim. Artificial intelligence (AI) developments, which refer to intelligent computers and machines (equaling or surpassing human intelligence), have become increasingly widespread and commonplace.

What is the Future for the ‘China Governance Model’?

February 12, 2014- Politics in Spires

The recent leadership turnover in China took place against the backdrop of increased political and social tension. China’s leaders closely monitor not only the rise of social media, but the impact it has had on the Arab world. What they should infer from both developments is a growing demand for human dignity. Its “dignity deficits” may well be China’s Achilles heel.

 

 


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"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.