21st-Century Statecraft: Reconciling Power, Justice and Meta-Geopolitical Interests

By Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan

A fresh approach to statecraft informed by contemporary geopolitical pressures.

ISBN: 9780718895747


From civilisational frontier risks associated with new challenges like disruptive technologies, to the shifting nature of great-power conflicts and subversion, the 21st century requires a new approach to statecraft. In 21st-Century Statecraft, Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan proposes five innovative statecraft concepts. He makes the case for a new method of geopolitical analysis called ‘meta-geopolitics’, and for ‘dignity-based governance’. He shows how, in an interdependent and interconnected world, traditional thinking must move beyond zero-sum games and focus on ‘multi-sum and symbiotic realist’ interstate relations. This requires a new paradigm of global security premised on five dimensions of security, and a new concept of power, ‘just power’, which highlights the centrality of justice to state interests. These concepts enable states to balance competing interests and work towards what the author calls ‘reconciliation statecraft’. Throughout, Professor Al-Rodhan brings his philosophical and neuroscientific expertise to bear, providing a practical model for conducting statecraft in a sustainable way.

Additional information

Dimensions 234 × 156 mm
Pages 612


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About the Author

Professor Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan is a Neuroscientist, Philosopher and Geostrategist. He was educated at the Mayo Clinic, Yale University and Harvard University, and is now an Honorary Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, Senior Fellow and Head of the Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, and a member of the Council on Frontier Risks at the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is a Prize winning scholar, and was voted amongst the top 30 most influential neuroscientists in the world. He has written 22 books and 250 articles.


List of Figures and Tables

1. Statecraft in the Twenty-First Century: In Search of a New Paradigm
2. Traditional Approaches to Statecraft
3. Rethinking Geopolitics
4. Meta-Geopolitics and the Seven Dimensions of State Power
5. Statecraft and Neurophilosophy
6. Just Power
7. The Concept of Reconciliation Statecraft
8. Case Studies: Geopolitical Realities and Dilemmas of Twenty-seven Selected States
9. Case Studies: Geostrategic Imperatives and Future Trajectories of Twenty-seven Selected States
10. The Tripwire Pivotal Corridor and its Geopolitical Significance
11. The Future State of the World and the Way Forward

Appendix: Understanding the Conflict betwen Russia and Ukraine



Endorsements and Reviews

This book provides a carefully crafted description of how the international system is being transformed and defines the challenges facing contemporary statecraft in handling that transformation. Nayef Al-Rodhan has undertaken this enormous task by defining the concept of meta-geopolitics and addressing potential future problems while making full use of the analytical tools that he has developed. It is a unique and intellectually courageous undertaking that will help us gain deeper insights into the many dimensions of current and future security challenges.
Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, Chairman of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm, Sweden