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The Geopolitical And Geosecurity Implications of Globalization [Paperback]

Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan

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2006
The authors believe that national security is no longer simply national but also transnational and transcultural in its scope, and globalisation has a significant role to play in the development of security and strategic agendas at all levels. The pursuit of global security is a transnational phenomenon which is heightened and potentially hindered by the globalisation process. This publication proposes an alternative new security principle, which the editor believes is central to the understanding and attainment of lasting security and peace in today's globalised world. The principle, termed 'justice-based penta-security', states that 'in a globalised world, security is a pentagon of human, environmental, national, transnational and transcultural security, and global security and the security of any one state or culture cannot, therefore, be achieved without good domestic and global governance that guarantees security through justice for all individuals, states, and cultures'. Through an examination of the economic, political, environmental, societal, and military links between globalisation and security, this book provides insight into a complicated and diverse problem while proposing solutions to some of the more pressing issues that states are currently facing. This book contributes an innovative new theory and a unique perspective to the vast literature on globalisation and security in a way never before achieved, making it a vital reference to any comprehensive study of these issues. Contributing authors include Neil MacFarlane, Urs Luterbacher, Anthony Cordesman, Bethany Webster, Cedric Dupont, Graeme Herd and Nayef R F Al-Rodhan.

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

He is a Senior Member of St. Antony's College at Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom and Senior Scholar in Geostrategy and Director of the Geopolitics of Globalisation and Transnational Security Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland.

He holds an M.D. and a Ph.D, and trained in Neurosurgery/Neuroscience research at the Mayo Clinic, Yale University and Harvard University. He founded the Neurotechnology programme, headed Translational Research and founded the Laboratory for Cellular Neurosurgery and Neurosurgical Technology at MGH, Harvard. He was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, has published extensively on Neuroscience research and won several research prizes. These include: The Sir James Spence Prize; The Gibb Prize; The Farquhar-Murray Prize; The American Association of Neurological Surgeon Prize (twice); The Meninger Prize; The Annual Resident Prize of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons; The Young Investigator Prize of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons; The Annual Fellowship Prize of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

His Geostrategy interests include: Geopolitics of the Middle East; Sustainable National and Global Security; Geopolitics of outer Space and Strategic Technologies; and Global Strategic Cascading Risks.

His Philosophical interests include: Global Justice; Human Dignity and International order; Transcultural Synergy; Philosophy of Human Nature; Philosophy of Sustainable History; History of Ideas; Cellular and Neurochemical Foundations and Predilections of Human Nature and Their Implications for War, Peace and Moral and Political Cooperation.

He has proposed many innovative theories and concepts in Philosophy, Global security, and Geostrategy and published 19 books. He is best known for his Four Philosophical and analytic works on global politics: "Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man"; "Emotional Amoral Egoism"; "Neo-Statecraft and Meta-Geopolitics", and "Symbiotic Realism ". He has two new books from Palgrave: "Critical turning points in the Middle East: 1915-2015"; and "The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies".

For additional information on Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan's publications and ideas, please see: www.sustainable-history.com

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This book is a timely, highly relevant, multifaceted and most interesting contribution to the thinking on international security and globalization. The key argument of the book that security can, in a globalized world, only be achieved through increased international cooperation at every level, including the cultural one, is pertinent. Security has ceased to be a zero-sum game. It is an objective we have to work towards jointly --Ambassador Dr. Theodor H. Winkler, Director, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Geneva, Switzerland.

In becoming a household name (and often a whipping-boy), the idea of globalization has risked losing some of its focus and diagnostic force. This book faces up to the challenge of defining it and explores its many implications, with a linking theme of multi-dimensional security. It adds up to a versatile reader that also leaves questions open for further thought. --Alyson J.K. Bailes, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm, Sweden.

This diverse and rich collection of essays explores the complex links between globalization and contemporary security issues. It advances our understanding on a range of issues, and provides useful snapshots of key environmental, economic, political and geostrategic risks, challenges and vulnerabilities. --Dr. Keith Krause, Director, Programme in Strategic and International Security Studies, Graduate Institute of International Studies, and Programme Director, Small Arms Survey, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

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Dr. Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan is Senior Scholar in Geostrategy and Director of the Programme on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalisation and Transnational Security at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland.

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