Nafeez is the international, bestselling author of five major nonfiction books on the geopolitics of key international security issues in the 21st century, and their historical and systemic context. His work focuses on joining the dots, and bringing together disparate fields of inquiry into an interdisciplinary, big picture understanding. A third of a million copies of these books have sold around the world.

He is also the author of a science fiction novel, Zero Point, published by Curiosity Quills Press in 2014. Zero Point, although fiction, draws on Nafeez's journalism and scholarship to weave a stunningly plausible vision of a future dystopian Britain. The novel anticipated the US and UK return to war in Iraq. You can learn more about the novel here, and also watch the book trailer, which Nafeez produced himself. 

Starting with a critical approach to understanding the geopolitics, intelligence, and political economy of Western security policy toward contemporary Islamist terrorism before and after 9/11, his nonfiction books address the history of Western interventionism in the Middle East and North Africa, including the reality and context of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

His latest work brings together analysis of the rise of the police state and proliferation of violent conflict in the context of escalating, interconnected global crises of climate change, energy depletion, food scarcity and economic meltdown - hence his argument that we do not face a 'Clash of Civilizations' as such, but rather a Crisis of Civilization itself.

Zero Point

Published and distributed by Curiosity Quills Press (Washington) in 2013
"Nafeez Ahmed has mined his extensive background in international security to create a fast-paced thriller that combines conspiracies, terrorism, and cutting-edge technology. Prepare to hold on for a wild ride!" Boyd Morrison, former NASA engineer, bestselling scifi thriller author of The Vault, The Catalyst, Rogue Wave and The Ark

Near future Great Britain is on the brink of collapse. Mass riots. Economic meltdown. Blackouts. And a new oil war in Iraq to keep the world economy afloat.

Iraq War veteran and war crimes whistleblower David Ariel is sick of violence, and trying to make ends meet working for Specialist Protection. But after Prime Minister Carson is brutally assassinated by extremists on Ariel’s watch, he is covertly targeted by a compromised police investigation.

When forensics discover that Carson’s assassination inexplicably defied the very laws of physics, bodies drop like flies as key witnesses are murdered in impossible circumstances.

Fleeing for his life while London is locked-down under martial law, Ariel gets a phone call from Iraq he will never forget. His estranged girlfriend, journalist Julia Stephenson, warns that the Carson killing is just the beginning of a wider plot to bring the West to its knees. Then she disappears.

Ariel’s blood-soaked race against time to track the terror cells behind Carson’s death tumbles into the cross-fire of a hidden battle between mysterious rogue intelligence agencies. The goal: to monopolise black budget technologies which could unlock the universe’s darkest, arcane secrets.

As the world he thought he knew unravels, Ariel faces off against bent coppers, double-crossing agents, psychic killers and super soldiers to complete a black ops mission like no other: stop Quantum Apocalypse.

Published and distributed by Pluto Press (London), Palgrave Macmillan (New York) in 2010


Are you confused about the debate over climate change? Unsure about whether or not we’re running out of oil? Anxious about economic recession? Angry about the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond? Frightened by the rise of religious and political extremisms? Concerned by the dramatic erosion of our civil liberties?

This groundbreaking book is the first of its kind that answers all your questions in one place, and looks at these issues holistically. It argues that financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages need to be considered as part of the same ailing political, economic, ideological and value system. Dr. Ahmed investigates all of these crises not as isolated events, but as interdependent trends and processes that belong to the structure of our civilization. We are therefore not dealing with a ‘clash of civilizations’, as Huntington argued. Rather, we are dealing with a fundamental Crisis of Civilization itself. It often seems that different crises are competing to devastate civilization. Most accounts of our contemporary global crises such as climate change, or the threat of terrorism, focus on one area, or another, to the exclusion of others. Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, executive director of the IPRD, argues that the unwillingness of experts to look outside their own fields explains why there is so much disagreement and misunderstanding about particular crises.

Dr. Ahmed shows that these crises are in fact symptoms of a major civilizational transition – the imminent end of industrial civilization as-we-know-it, and the exciting prospect of a new post-carbon civilization. But what form will the new civilization take?

Published and distributed by Duckworth (London) and Overlook Press (New York) in 2006


On July 7th 2005 London experienced its most serious terrorist attack since the V-2 raids of WW2. We still don’t know who planned the attacks or whether they remain at large in the U.K.

At first the police were sure that the bombers used weapons-grade plastic explosives and sophisticated timers. Two weeks later they changed their minds – the bombs were home-made and were detonated manually. Since then the official account has changed repeatedly and remains riddled with anomalies and confusion. The government is resisting calls for a full inquiry and instead intends to present a ‘narrative’ written by a civil servant that will stand as the definitive account of what took place. As Mosaddeq demonstrates in this exhaustive investigation, such an approach cannot hope to provide the public with an adequate explanation of what took place. He further shows how the attacks can only be fully understood in the light of extensive co-operation between the Islamist extremists and Western Intelligence in Central Asia, and U.S.–U.K. state interests. The London bombings, much like the attacks on New York in 2001, were a widely predicted consequence of the West’s global strategy. If we do face a future of terrorism we should at least understand the extent to which our governments have accepted this as the price of business as usual.

Published and distributed by Interlink (New York and London), Editions Demi Lune (Paris), Fazi Editore (Rome) in 2005


In The War on Truth - the long-awaited sequel to The War on Freedom - Nafeez Ahmed provides the most comprehensive and controversial critique of the government's official version of what happened on 9/11. In this extensive new analysis, Ahmed doubles the data and investigates the worldwide web of terrorist networks across space and time. Deconstructing the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report and the Joint Congressional Inquiry, he exposes disturbing liaisons between American, British and European intelligence services and al-Qaeda operatives in the Balkans, Caucasus, North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and Asia-Pacific - liaisons linked not only to 9/11, but also to prior terrorist attacks including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1998 US embassy bombings.

Against this background, Ahmed accomplishes the most detailed and wide-ranging study to date of the powerful vested interests and intrigues responsible for the collapse of US national security in the years and months leading to 9/11. Government documents, whistleblower testimony, and the findings of official inquiries are scrutinized to trace the innermost workings of the intelligence community, revealing precisely which government policies and operations facilitated the 9/11 intelligence failure, and pinpointing the specific agencies, individuals and decisions that emasculated the US air defense system. Finally, Ahmed unlocks the underlying geostrategy of the War on Terror - the culmination of a decades-long plan to secure and expand an increasingly unstable system. For anyone who remains uneasy about government policies on, and after, 9/11, The War on Truth is an invaluable resource that will radically alter perceptions of international terrorism, national security, and the clandestine machinery of Western power.

Published and distributed by Clairview (UK), New Society (North America), and Fazi Editore (Rome) in 2003


Following the US declaration of a ‘war on terror’, Washington hawks were quick to label Iraq part of an ‘axis of evil’. After a tense build-up, in March 2003 the United States and Britain invaded Iraq, purportedly to protect Western publics from weapons of mass destruction (WMD). But was this the real reason, or simply a convenient pretext to veil a covert agenda?

Using official sources, Ahmed investigates US and British claims about Iraq’s WMD programmes, and in the process reveals the hidden motives behind the 2003 invasion and the grand strategy of which it is a part. He shows that the true goals of US-British policy in the Middle East are camouflaged by spin, PR declarations, and seemingly noble words. The reality can only be comprehended through knowledge of the history of Western intervention in the region. Ahmed demonstrates that such intervention has been dictated ruthlessly by economic and political interests, with little regard for human rights. He traces events of the past decades, beginning with the West’s support for the highly-repressive Shah of Iran, his subsequent usurpation by the Ayatollah’s Islamist regime, and the West’s resultant backing of Saddam Hussein. The sponsorship of Saddam’s tyranny - a self-serving tactic intended to strategically counterbalance Iran - included the supply of technology to build WMD as well as tacit complicity in their use against Iranians and Kurds.

Ahmed’s meticulous research into the secret history of Western manoeuvrings in the Middle East since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, reveals the actual causes of the first Gulf War, the humanitarian catastrophe created by the twelve-year sanctions policy against Iraq, and the consistent obstructions of the ‘Oil for Food’ programme. He also provides information on the West’s own widespread use of WMD, and the likely culprits of the 2001 anthrax attacks in the US.

The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked, September 11, 2001

Published and distributed by Progressive Press (UK and North America), Random House Bertelsmann (Berlin), Fazi Editore (Rome), Thinkers Library (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore), Arab Scientific Publishers (Lebanon, Jordan, UAE, Cairo)


A disturbing exposé of the American government’s hidden agenda, before and after the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks. A wide range of documents show U.S. officials knew in advance of the "Boeing bombing" plot, yet did nothing. How did the attacks relate to plans for a more aggressive U.S. foreign policy? Nafeez Ahmed examines the evidence, direct and circumstantial, and lays it before the public in chilling detail: how FBI agents who uncovered the hijacking plot were muzzled, how CIA agents trained Al Qaeda members in terror tactics, how the Bush family profited from its business connections to the Bin Ladens, and from the Afghan war. A "must read" for anyone seeking to understand America’s New War on Terror.

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