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 From a feature interview in the leading Finnish national magazine   Helsingin Sanomat

From a feature interview in the leading Finnish national magazine Helsingin Sanomat

 
 
Yes, yes, I know he is one of Them. But they often know things that we don’t – particularly about what we are up to
— Gore Vidal, The Observer

welcome to the JOurnalism and research of Nafeez ahmed…

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is an award-winning 17-year investigative journalist and interdisciplinary academic specialising in international security and complex systems theory. A bestselling author of seven books (including six non-fiction and a dystopian science fiction novel), he has founded and led a range of innovative organisations seeking to generate social change. He applies this experience as a strategy and communications consultant for people and organisations attempting to adapt to rapid global transformations.

He is founding editor and chief writer for INSURGE intelligence, a crowdfunded investigative journalism platform that breaks exclusive stories on the world's most pressing global challenges. He is 'System Shift' columnist at VICE's science magazine Motherboard where he reports on the great post-carbon transition, and a columnist at Middle East Eye where he covers regional geopolitics. Previously, Nafeez wrote The Guardian's 'Earth insight' blog from 2013 to 2014, where he reported on the geopolitics of interconnected energy, environmental and economic crises. 

In late 2017, he founded PressCoin, a new cryptocurrency for the decentralised funding of independent journalism, which he led until March 2018. In 2016, he founded Perennial, a trans-sectarian Western Muslim research and communications collective exploring authentic theological Islamic narratives that counter violence, hatred and division. From 2000 to 2013, he founded and ran his own independent think-tank for interdisciplinary analysis of global crises, the Institute for Policy Research & Development (IPRD), by which he developed the core framework behind his concept of the 'Crisis of Civilisation'. He has also held senior executive roles at Unitas Communications, a cross-cultural communications agency; The Concordia Forum, a global network of Muslim leaders; and Arts Versa, an arts & media consultancy. 

Nafeez' latest book, Failing States, Collapsing Systems: BioPhysical Triggers of Political Violence, is a scientific monograph published by Springer Energy Briefs (Springer Nature, 2017) that develops a new framework to study the intersection between Earth System Disruption and Human System Destabilisation. This framework continues to inform the priorities and directions of his investigative reporting. 

Nafeez's passion is to undertake deep, interdisciplinary research into the systems and structures that impact our lives, along with the potential to change them for the better; and to innovate powerful ways to communicate the learning from such research to mass audiences to facilitate coordinated action. Over the years, he has won a number of awards for both his journalistic and academic work.

In 2015, Nafeez won the Project Censored Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for his Guardian story on the energy politics of the Ukraine crisis. The previous year he won another Project Censored Award for his first ever Guardian article covering the heightened risk of civil unrest due to climate-induced food crises.

In 2010, Nafeez won the Routledge-GCPS Essay Prize for his academic paper on the 'Crisis of Civilisation' published in the journal Global Change, Peace and Security.

He won the Premio Napoli (Naples Prize) in 2003, Italy's most prestigious literary award created by decree of the President of the Republic, for his first book, The War on Freedom, which critically investigated the Bush administration's narrative of the 9/11 attacks. 

Nafeez has twice been featured in the Evening Standard's 'Top 1,000' list of most influential people in London, in 2014 and 2015.

 
 
Lucid and persuasive account of how our security mandarins talked themselves into believing we could make quiet, backroom deals with terrorists.
— Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
Disturbing and clearly evidenced... Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed traces the unholy games played with Islamist terrorists by the US, and through acquiescence by the UK, flirting with them when it suited and then turning against them.
— Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, The Independent
Respected terror analyst Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed pulls apart the official narrative of 7/7, pointing out its gaps and contradictions... The authorities seem to be unable to answer many of the most basic questions about the 7/7 bombings ... it has taken a study by an academic outsider, Ahmed, to assess the extent of the bombers’ international terrorist connections.
— Editorial, The Independent on Sunday