Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan

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

He is an Honorary Fellow of St.Antony’s College, Oxford University; Head of the Geopolitics and Global Futures Program, Geneva Center for Security Policy, Switzerland; Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, UK, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts ( FRSA).

In 2014, he was voted as one of the top 30 most influential neuroscientists in the World; In 2017 as one of the Top 100 geostrategists In the World; In 2022, as one of the Top 50 most influential researchers whose work could shape 21st-Century Politics and Policy.

He is a Prize-winning scholar who has written 25 books and more than 300 articles. His research focuses on the Transdisciplinary Interplay between: Philosophy, Neuro-Techno-Philosophy, Neuroscience, Strategic Culture, Applied History, Geopolitics, Disruptive Technologies and International Relations and Security.

He holds an MD and a PhD, 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 Geopolitical interests include: Geopolitics of the Middle East; Sustainable National and Global Security; Future Studies and Sustainable Global Order, Great Power Competition, Geopolitics of outer Space and Strategic Technologies; and Global Strategic Cascading Risks.

His Philosophical interests include: Global Justice; Human Dignity and International order; Transcultural Understanding and Security; NeuroPhilosophy of Human Nature; NeuroPhilosophy of History; History of Ideas; NeuroPhilosophy of Power, Cellular and Neurochemical Foundations and Predilections of Human Nature and Their Implications for Contemporary Geopolitics, War, Peace and the Potential for Moral, Political and Cultural Cooperation & Symbiotic Non-Conflictual Competition.

He has proposed many innovative theories and concepts in Philosophy, Global security, and Geopolitics. He is best known for several Philosophical and Analytic works on Global Politics that include: “Sustainable History and Human Dignity”; “Emotional Amoral Egoism”; “21st Century Statecraft”, ” On Power”, “Symbiotic Realism “; The Five Dimensions of Global Security; “Critical Turning Points in the Middle East: 1915-2015”; “The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies”; “The Meta-Geopolitics of Outer Space”; and “The Role of the Arab-Islamic World in the Rise of the West”.

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