Reviews

Alexander Mirtchev’s sweeping exploration of the changing energy landscape looks far into the future and outlines issues that will occupy scholars and policymakers for decades to come.
The Hon. Henry Kissinger
Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor

With the advancements in alternative energy technology at the beginning of the 21st century, energy security thinking and planning will never be the same – Alexander Mirtchev’s profoundly original book reveals these new dilemmas that will challenge policy makers in all major economies and provides for dealing with the new realities in a smart way.
The Hon. Judge William H. Webster
Chairman, Homeland Security Advisory Council
Former Director of the CIA and FBI

“Dr. Alexander Mirtchev’s new book, THE PROLOGUE: Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition, provides a timely and truly inspired perspective on 21st century global security challenges. It has long been clear that security challenges of the 21st century are much broader and more holistic than they were in the last century, when major power competition was largely defined by military power. Dr. Mirtchev’s book helps the reader unpack the complex relationship between economics, the alternative energy megatrend, security, and defense and the implications for the unfolding major power competition. Faced with this daunting complexity, Dr. Mirtchev urges policymakers to undertake the essential task of any successful strategist: to prioritize objectives to align ends with means and be smart.”
General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.)
Executive Chairman Emeritus, Atlantic Council
32nd Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
Former National Security Advisor to the U.S. President
Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

“Dr. Alexander Mirtchev has written an extraordinary book that is far ahead of any other contemporary analysis in connecting the cross-currents of global security, international economic competition, and above all alternative energy. His “Prologue” belongs in the hands of any serious policy-maker, and will undoubtedly be studied at the nation’s top universities and war colleges. A masterpiece of original thought!”                                   

ADM James G. Stavridis USN (Ret.)
Chair Emeritus of the U.S. Naval Institute
Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group
Chair of the Board for Counselors for McLarty Associates

Alexander Mirtchev’s work is an impressive and comprehensive study of the geo-political, security, economic and environmental impacts of the alternative energy trend. The accelerating development of alternative energy, as this book shows, is a geo-political game-changing phenomenon. The new Great Energy Game will have a greater influence on global affairs in the 21st century than ‘Star Wars’ did in the 20th.
Lord Truscott of St James’s
Former UK Energy Secretary

The development of alternative energies is now sufficiently advanced, at least in terms of promise, to influence the “global security equation,” making the book “THE PROLOGUE:  Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition” a timely one indeed.
Prof. Shirley M. Tilghman
President, Princeton University

Alexander Mirtchev’s book is an amazing study that has succeeded in breaking through the complexities of the current alternative energy development and strategies, highlighting the major policy challenges – energy independence, environmental and economic security, and defense, nuclear proliferation and geopolitical considerations, and putting forward pragmatic and smart methodology for addressing the planned, as well as the unintended and the unforeseen.
The Hon. William Sessions
Partner, Holland & Knight
Former Director of the FBI

The ‘alternative energy megatrend’, as described in Alexander Mirtchev’s book, occupies a large and growing role in the World Bank’s energy portfolio and policy advice. With the Bank’s focus on economic growth and sustainable development, his emphasis on the security dimensions of this issue is both interesting and relevant.
Rachel Kyte, CMG                                                                                                              Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University Fmr. Vice President, Sustainable Development, The World Bank

Alexander Mirtchev’s book is a fascinating read.
Lieutenant General Guy Swan, CEM, CPP, ret.
Executive Director, Institute of Land Warfare

Alexander Mirtchev’s new book is an insightful strategic analysis of the security implications of modern global phenomena that provides for enhanced understanding of the rapidly transforming 21st century geopolitical environment as well as how to deal with its manifest challenges. Policy-makers, as well as academia and the private sector would benefit from taking on board its original thesis and bold ideas.
Commander Harlan K. Ullman (ret) PhD
Distinguished Senior Fellow, National Defense University
Chairman, Killowen Group
Author, “Shock and Awe – Achieving Rapid Dominance”

I found your book most stimulating. I look forward to seeing the reception.
The Rt. Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG HonFRSE PC
Former Secretary General of NATO

Alexander Mirchev has provided a thorough examination of a possible significant future, in which the implications of alternative energy source developments come to dominate national, economic and environmental security and world geopolitics. The thesis in the book is one that needs to be understood by global policy makers, not least in China.
Prof. Sir David Omand
Former UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator and author, “Securing the State”

Alexander Mirtchev’s book introduces a not just original but smart methodology that provides for a breakthrough study. By defining alternative energy development as a trend and analysing its drivers, the book allows a balanced perspective on issues that have remained beyond the radar screen of economic policy and planning, as well as a new understanding of the upcoming challenges, making it an essential read for both policy makers and business leaders.
Sir Richard Evans
Former CEO, BAE Systems

The ongoing revolution in the energy industry is a comparable discontinuity to what occurred when Internet was developed for communications. Not just energy’s business model will change but both geopolitics and the competitiveness of many markets will be redefined. Alexander Mirtchev’s work is a very accurate and absolutely a “must read” analysis of this transformation which will impact on everyone’s life.
Giuseppe Recchi
CEO, Affidea Group BV                                                                                        Chairman, Telecom Italia                                                                                                  Fmr. President, Eni