Who Is Nafeez?
Dr. Nafeez Ahmed MA DPhil (Sussex) is a bestselling author and international security analyst. He is Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development, and has taught international relations theory, contemporary history, empire, and globalization at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex and Brunel University’s Politics & History Unit.
He has been an expert commentator for BBC News 24, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC World Today, BBC Asian Network, Channel 4, Sky News, C-SPAN, CNN, FOX News, Bloomberg, PBS Foreign Exchange, Al-Jazeera English, among others. Dr Ahmed’s terrorism research was used by the 9/11 Commission, and he testified in US Congress in summer 2005. He has also advised the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; and the UK Parliamentary Select Committee for Communities on its Inquiry into ‘Prevent’.
Having already written and published widely on international terrorism and the ‘War on Terror’, including the energy geopolitics of US and Western foreign policy strategies – previous books are The London Bombings (2006), The War on Truth (2005), Behind the War on Terror (2003) and The War on Freedom (2002) - he turned his attention increasingly to the way contemporary wars and conflicts are being radicalized in the context of escalating and converging ecological, economic and energy crises rooted in the structure of the global political economy. His research over a nearly 5 year period culminated in A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization, an effort to demonstrate the systemic interconnections between climate change, energy depletion, food scarcity, economic instability, terrorism and warfare; to diagnose their structural causes; and to explore the way forward for new, more viable alternative structures necessary to sustain an equitable, harmonious post-carbon way of life.