The Five Dimensions of Global Security

ab 14,90 

Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan

Proposal for a Multi-sum Security Principle

ISBN 978-3-8258-0478-7
Jahr 2007
Seiten 160
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Geneva Centre for Security Policy

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This book sets out a new and innovative security principle that is highly pertinent to our
times: THE MULTI-SUM SECURITY PRINCIPLE. This principle aims not only to
promote cooperative interaction between states, but also peaceful coexistence between
cultural groups and civilizations. It combines a proposed new classification of global security
that comprises five dimensions of security – human, environmental, national,
transnational, and transcultural security – and the idea that justice is a prerequisite for
security. Specifically, the multi-sum security principle states that: „In a globalized world,
security can no longer be thought of as a zero-sum game involving states alone. Global
security, instead, has five dimensions that include human, environmental, national,
transnational, and transcultural security, and, therefore, global security and the security
of any state or culture cannot be achieved without good governance at all levels that
guarantees security through justice for all individuals, states, and

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

„The Five Dimensions of Global Security takes a fresh look on the frontiers of international
security. It innovatively expands the sectoral approach, broadening the scope way beyond
military matters. Its most important novelty is the introduction of justice in the international
security discourse. With this it represents a new point of departure and will contribute to re-
launching the debate.“ Pál Dunay, Director, Hungarian Institute of International Affairs