Sustainable History

Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan

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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 cultures."

Table of Contents


1 Introduction

1. New Approaches to Security
2. A Proposal for a New Security Principle
3. Overview of the Book

2 A Proposed New Classification of Global Security

1. Introduction
2. The Realist Security Paradigm: The Security Dilemma
3. Collective Security: Mitigating the Security Dilemma
4. Widening the Security Agenda: The Sectoral Approach
5. Deepening the Security Agenda: The Human-Security Paradigm
6. Deepening and Widening the Agenda: Cooperative Security
7. A New Classification of Global Security: The Five Dimensions of Global Security
8. A New Security Principle: The Multi-sum Security Principle
9. Conclusion

3 The Five Dimensions of Global Security

1. Introduction
2. Human Security
3. Environmental Security
4. National Security
5. Transnational Security
6. Transcultural Security
7. Conclusion

4 Justice as a Prerequisite for Security

1. Introduction
2. Injustice and Insecurity
3. Justice and Long-term Security
4. Conclusion

5 The Multi-sum Security Principle

1. Introduction
2. The Multi-sum Security Principle
3. Multi-sum Security in Practice
4. Conclusion

6 Good Governance

1. Introduction
2. Good Domestic Governance
3. Good Regional Governance
4. Good Global Governance
5. Conclusion

7 Conclusion

Endorsement

"The Five Dimensions of Global Security takes a fresh look at 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

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