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Meta-Geopolitics of Outer Space

An Analysis of Space Power, Security and Governance


Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
    Pages 1-17
  3. Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
    Pages 18-43
  4. Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
    Pages 44-68
  5. Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
    Pages 69-100
  6. Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
    Pages 101-176
  7. Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
    Pages 177-222
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 223-276

About this book


Al-Rodhan sheds new light on the debate about the geopolitics of outer space, going beyond applying traditional International Relations approaches to space power and security by introducing a multidimensional spatial framework. The meta-geopolitics framework includes space and expands classical power considerations to cover seven state capacities.


geopolitics Governance international relations

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.St Antony’s CollegeOxford UniversityUK
  2. 2.Geneva Centre for Security PolicyGenevaSwitzerland

About the authors

Dr. Nayef R.F.Al-Rodhan is Senior Member of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, UK, and Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for the Geopolitics of Globalisation and Transnational Security at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland. He is a philosopher, neuroscientist and geostrategist. A prize-winning scholar, he has published twenty one books proposing many innovative concepts and theories in global politics, security, philosophy and history. He was educated at Yale University, the Mayo Clinic and Harvard University. He is best known for several philosophical and analytic books on global politics that include: The Role of the Arab-Islamic World in the Rise of the West (Palgrave, 2012); Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man; Emotional Amoral Egoism; Neo-Statecraft and Meta-Geopolitics; The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies (Palgrave, 2011); and Symbiotic Realism.

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'Traditional works of geopolitics have stopped at the atmosphere's edge, grounded in geography, economics and demographics. Nayef Al-Rodhan has expanded classical geopolitical considerations to include societal, health and the environment. In this book, he elevates geopolitics into space. The result is an analysis that challenges our assumptions about power and space power.'

- Michael Krepon, Co-founder of the Stimson Center, Washington, USA

'A welcome 'outside of the box' analysis of outer space, geopolitics and the foundations of space power.'

- Theresa Hitchens, Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva, Switzerland

'Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan's book provides a first rate summary of key aspects of current space policies. It also shows how space adds new and important elements to many policy areas on Earth, but also has a life of its own, as a new field of policy, strategy and geopolitics. Much of the difficulty in grasping space issues derives from this double status.'

- Laurence Nardon, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the United States Program and the Space Policy Program at the Institut francais des relations internationales (IFRI), Paris, France