Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
|Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed|
|Occupation||Author, Journalist, Scholar; environment writer, The Guardian|
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is an environment writer for The Guardian, where he tracks the geopolitics of environmental, energy and economic crises via his Guardian hosted blog, Earth Insight. He is also Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development (IPRD), an independent think tank focused on the study of violent conflict in the context of global ecological, energy and economic crises. A bestselling author, scholar and investigative journalist on international security issues specialising in the systemic causes of mass violence, he has taught at the Department of International Relations, University of Sussex, and has lectured at Brunel University’s Politics & History Unit at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, for courses in international relations theory, contemporary history, empire and globalization.
Ahmed achieved an M.A. in Contemporary War & Peace Studies and a PhD in International Relations from the School of Global Studies at Sussex University. His focus is on Western military action, counterinsurgency, and the war on terror, many themes of which were detailed in his 2010 book A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: and How to Save It. Ahmed and his works have been featured in numerous print and broadcast media outlets.  Dr. Ahmed is also a contributing editor at the Journal for Public Intelligence founded by Robert D. Steele, former Deputy Director of the US Army’s Marine Corps Intelligence Command.
The Crisis of Civilization
Following the release of Ahmed's 2010 book, A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It, a chance meeting with filmmaker Dean Puckett led to the development of a feature documentary, The Crisis of Civilization.
The Crisis of Civilization has been received positively by viewers. Hitcham Yezza, editor of Ceasefire Magazine, found "the film’s aesthetic delightful, the result of film-maker Dean Puckett and animator Lucca Benney’s artful concoction of clips from 40s commercials, B-movies, quirky animation, and more familiar images of Bush, Bin Laden and Brzezinski." He also wrote, "this film is necessary viewing, not just for activists but for anyone who’s planning to hang around this planet for the foreseeable future. Yes, I’m looking at you." Elsewhere, Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute said of the film, "a really fantastic overview of the global situation. I don’t think I’ve seen a more comprehensive ‘welcome to the 21st century’.” The Leeds International Film Festival selected the film as a 'Festival Favourite' calling it "a powerful critique of a failed global system and a manifesto for constructive social change".
- The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked, 11 September 2001: ISBN 0-930852-40-0, 400 pages, Progressive Press, 2002.
- Behind the War on Terror : Western Secret Strategy and the Struggle for Iraq: ISBN 0-86571-506-8, 352 pages Clairview Books, 2003.
- The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation, and the Anatomy of Terrorism: ISBN 1-56656-596-0, 459 pages, Olive Branch Press, 2005.
- The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry: ISBN 0-7156-3583-2, 256 pages, Duckworth, 2006.
- A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It: ISBN 978-0-7453-3053-2, Pluto Press, 2010.
- "The International Relations of Crisis and the Crisis of International Relations: From the Securitisation of Scarcity to the Militarisation of Society", Global Change, Peace & Security (Vol. 23, No. 3, October 2011) - Winning article for 2010 Routledge-GCP&S Essay Prize
- "Colonial Dynamics of Genocide: Imperialism, Identity and Mass Violence", Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security (Vol. 1, No. 1, April 2011) pp. 8–36
- "Overcoming Paralysis on Climate Change", Survival: Global Politics & Strategy (Vol. 53, No. 1, February–March 2011) pp. 203–206
- "Water, oil and demographics: The Arab world‟s triple crisis", Europe’s World: The Only Europe-Wide Policy Journal (Vol. 17, Spring 2011) pp. 121–123
- "Globalizing Insecurity: The Convergence of Interdependent Ecological, Energy and Economic Crises", Yale Journal of International Affairs (Vol. 5, No. 2, 2010) pp. 75–90
- "India and the Crisis of Civilization: Potential Impacts of Converging Ecological, Economic and Energy Catastrophes", India Economy Review (Vol. 7, March 2010) pp. 90–97
- "The Crisis of (Post) Modernity: The De-Sacralisation of the Social, the Death of Democracy, and the Reclamation of Islamic Tradition", Arches Quarterly (Vol. 3, No. 1, Summer 2009) pp. 25–32
- "Anglo-American World Order: 30 Years After the Islamic Revolution of Iran", Islamism Digest: Journal of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism (Vol. 4, No. 2, February 2009) pp. 14–19
- "Review – Purify and destroy: the political uses of massacre and genocide, by Jacques Semelin", International Affairs (Vol. 84, No. 4, July 2008) pp. 836–837
- "Terrorism and Western Statecraft", in Paul Zarembka (ed.), The Hidden History of 9-11-2002 (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2008) pp. 143–182
- "Structural Violence as a Form of Genocide: The Impact of the International Economic Order", Entelequia. Revista Interdisciplinar [Entelechy: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies](University of Malaga, No. 5, Fall 2007) pp. 3–41
- "Terrorism and Western Statecraft: Al-Qaeda and Western Covert Operations After the Cold War", Research in Political Economy (Emerald: Vol. 23, 2006) pp. 149–188
- "UN Humanitarian Intervention in East Timor: A Critical Appraisal", Entelequia. Revista Interdisciplinar (University of Malaga, No. 2, Fall 2006) pp. 227–244
- "The Globalization of Insecurity: How the international economic order undermines human and national security on a world scale", Historia Actual [Contemporary History] (University of Cadiz, No. 5, 2004) pp. 113–126
- "The Discourse of Empire: United States National Security Strategies Since 1945", in Ronald Thoden (ed.), Terror und Staat: Der 11 September – Hintergrunde und Folgen: Goestregie, Terror, Geheimdienste, Medien, Kriege, Folter, Edition Zeitgeschichte (Berlin: Kai Homilius Verlag, 2004)
- "State Terrorism at the Dawn of the New American Century", Afterword to William Blum [former State Department official], ll libro nero degli Stati Uniti (Rome: Fazi Editore, 2003)
- "America and the Taliban: From Co-operation to War", Global Dialogue (Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 2002) 7
- "Distortion, Deception and Terrorism: The Bombing of Afghanistan", International Socialist Review (No. 20, November/December 2001) pp. 36–44
- "Toward a Holistic Social Model of Violent Radicalization", Submission to House of Commons Select Committee for Communities & Local Government Inquiry, Preventing Violent Extremism: Sixth Report of Session 2009-10 (London: House of Commons, March 2010) pp. Ev 123-127
- "The Iran Threat: An Assessment of the Middle East Nuclear Stalemate", (London and Versonnex: Institute for Policy Research & Development and Transcend Research Institute, August 2008)
- "Inside the Crevice: Islamist terror networks and the 7/7 intelligence failure", Parliamentary Briefing Paper (London: Institute for Policy Research & Development, August 2007)· Foreword by Detective Superintendent (ret.) Des Thomas, former Deputy Head of CID, Hampshire; report launch event co-sponsored by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Garden Court Chambers
- "Afghanistan, the Taliban and the United States: The Role of Human Rights in Western Foreign Policy", (Phoenix, Arizona: Institute for Afghan Studies, January 2001)
- "The Impending Abyss: A Comprehensive Assessment of the Past and Future Trajectory of the Israel-Palestine Conflict", The Global Site, (Brighton: University of Sussex, July 2002)
- Co-authored with Faisal Bodi, Reza Kazim and Massoud Shadjareh, The Oldham Riots: Discrimination, Deprivation and Communal Tension in the United Kingdom, (London: Islamic Human Rights Commission, June 2001)
- Suppressing Dissent: The Crackdown on Muslims in Zanzibar (London: Islamic Human Rights Commission, May–June 2001)
- The Killing in Kashmir and the Terrorism Act 2000 (London: Islamic Human Rights Commission, December 2000)
- Islamophobia in Papua New Guinea (London: Islamic Human Rights Commission, November 2000)
- Palestine Briefing for MPs: Part 1 (London: Islamic Human Rights Commission, November 2000)
- Routing Out the Opposition: The Comprehensive Repression of Human Rights in Turkish Society (London: Islamic Human Rights Commission, October 2000)· Report launched by celebrated former Turkish Member of Parliament Professor Merve Kavacki, George Washington University (London: Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, November 2000)
- Algeria and the Paradox of Democracy: The 1992 Coup, its Consequences and the Contemporary Crisis (Berlin: Algeria Watch, November 2000)
- The Smashing of Chechnya – An International Irrelevance: A Case Study of the Role of Human Rights in Western Foreign Policy (London: Islamic Human Rights Commission, April 1999)
- Portfolio of Ahmed's journalistic writings at Journalisted, Media Standards Trust, http://journalisted.com/nafeez-mosaddeq-ahmed
- Ahmed, Nafeez "Diversity does not breed terrorists – politics does", The Independent, 6 February 2006
- Ahmed, Nafeez "Pakistan’s double game", Prospect Magazine, 2 August 2010
- Ahmed, Nafeez "Sliding toward climate catastrophe", Le Monde diplomatique, September 2010
- Ahmed, Nafeez "Caught red-handed: British Undercover Operatives in Iraq", Raw Story, 23 September 2005
- Ahmed, Nafeez "A Crisis of Civilization?", BBC World News with George Alagiah, 13 August 2010
- "Journal for Public Intelligence"
- "The Crisis of Civilization"
- "Review: The Crisis of Civilization", Ceasefire Magazine, 28 November 2011
- "Review: The Crisis of Civilization", Leeds International Film Festival, November 2011
- iprd.org.uk The Institute for Policy Research & Development (IPRD)
- The Cutting Edge Nafeez Ahmed's personal blog
- crisisofcivilization.com Official website of the documentary film featuring Dr. Nafeez Ahmed.