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Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan
The Three Pillars of Sustainable National Security in a Transnational World
Reihe: Geneva Centre for Security Policy
2008, 184 S., 19.90 EUR, 19.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-8258-1067-2

In today's transnational world, a sustainable national security policy cannot be achieved through national capabilities alone. Sustainable national security instead rests on three pillars: 1) a multi-sum security principle based on justice at all levels, multilateralism and multidimensionality (including human, environmental, national, transnational and transcultural/transcivilizational security); 2) symbiotic realism in international relations, whereby mutual cooperation among states results in non- conflictual absolute gains; and 3) transcivilizational synergy which results from mutual respect, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and cross-fertilization, and will lead to global justice, security and prosperity.

This is essential reading for anyone interested in an innovative approach to the complex yet central subject of sustainable national security.

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.

"This well-written and cogently-argued book captures the complex challenges facing our leaders today and in the future, and delivers a strong set of recommendations for a much-needed reorganisation of national security decision making to make it more responsive and effective. A great read for students and practitioners alike." Dr. Bates Gill, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm, Sweden

"National security policy making in the 21st century presents analysts with unprecedented difficulties given the complexity, diversity and transnational character of emerging security threats. This interesting and timely book presents a comprehensive analysis of the new security environment and offers an insightful and radical new approach to national security policy making. It is therefore essential reading for those who are grappling with the new security challenges or merely seeking to have a better understanding of their impact." Professor James K. Wither, Professor of National Security Studies, College of International and Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

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