THE PROLOGUE: THE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY MEGATREND IN A UNIVERSALLY SECURITIZED WORLD
Part 1. Prologue – Introducing Modern Alternative Energy as a Socio-Political and Techno-Economic Megatrend in a Universally Securitized World
Chapter I. Setting the Stage – how is the 21st century world becoming universally securitized?
1. Exploring the new security context.
2. How is securitization enacted in a universally securitized world?
3. The alternative energy megatrend’s security connotations.
Chapter II. The entrance – modern alternative energy as a socio-political and techno-economic megatrend.
1. The promise of alternative energy technologies: turning dreams into reality?
2. The trend’s emerging identity: the mutually reinforcing and converging drivers.
Chapter III. A very brief history of alternative energy’s future – contemporary constructions charting alternative energy’s progress.
1. The historicity: how the modern construction of alternative energy and its future have been shaped.
2. The “Golden Age” redux: envisaging alternative energy’s “past” from Antiquity to the Age of Enlightenment.
3. The re-conceptualization: the juxtaposition with fossil fuels enabling the envisioning of practical alternative energy applications from the Industrial Revolution to the latter half of the 20th century.
4. The transformation: the post-Cold War paradigm shift in the context of globalization and the technological revolution.
5. The delayed arrival of the future: assuring the prospects of alternative energy.
In Conclusion: How have alternative energy developments in the 21st century evolved in to a socio-political and techno-economic megatrend in a universally securitized world?
Part 2. Geopolitics – Charting a complex megatrend in a globally securitized world.
Chapter I. The equilibrium – plotting one more variable of a geopolitical system in flux.
1. The megatrend shedding a new light on the equilibrium.
2. Core-Periphery dynamics: the megatrend as a counterweight between multiplying power centers.
3. East-West rivalries: how the megatrend is reshaping past Western hegemony along new lines of contention and cooperation.
4. The North-South divide: the megatrend’s projected iterations altering divisions and alignments.
5. Top-down build up and bottom-up pressures: changes in state-society relations.
Chapter II. The resources – rethinking the political topography of energy.
1. Solar: generating power potential for the South.
2. Wind: game-changing potential?
3. Biofuels: national interest-driven competitive advantages.
4. Hydropower: proven performance with limited scope for future expansion.
5. Geothermal and tidal sources: holding promise for many but still at the experimental stage.
6. Space-based sources of energy: a new frontier.
7. Rare earth elements: another area of potential conflict.
Chapter III. The actors – the traditional and emerging cast of the Grand Energy Play.
1. The networks: fluid balances of multidimensional alliances and divisions.
2. State actors: emerging postures and the pursuit of untested options.
3. Non-state actors: deriving new powers and moving toward the spotlight.
In Conclusion: Upcoming security complexities of the 21st century from the megatrend’s perspective on reshaped geopolitical divisions and stances.
Part 3. The Alternative Energy Megatrend’s trajectory across energy, defense, environmental and economic security domains.
Chapter I. The modern age of energy security – factoring in the alternative energy megatrend.
1. The broadening scope of energy security: new approaches to securing energy and new threats to stability.
2. The viability of alternative energy technologies: the challenges to be addressed to ensure the alternative energy megatrend’s future energy security relevance.
3. The megatrend as an attitude modifier: offering a new slant on socio-political perceptions, attitudes, and energy relations.
4. Energy securitization: a new means of projecting power?
5. Nuclear power: charting a possible roadmap for the future of the alternative energy megatrend.
Chapter II. 21st century defense transformation – the influence of the alternative energy megatrend.
1. The expanding defense mandate: the perspective of the alternative energy megatrend.
2. Alternative energy: an element of the growing spectrum of technologies spurring defense transformation.
3. The transformation of defense strategies: the megatrend highlighting new capabilities, missions, and areas of strategic engagement.
4. The defense benefits promised by alternative energy: adapting to the new strategic environment.
5. The practical uptake of renewables by defense establishments worldwide: U.S. leading role.
6. The question of renewables’ viability: do they meet defense requirements?
Chapter III. Environmental security revisited – the alternative energy megatrend redefining the securitization of the global habitat.
1. The modern redefinition of environmental security: the emergence of actionable environmental policies promised by alternative energy.
2. Environmental policies: an emerging cross-border renewable energy framework.
3. “Greening geopolitics”: the megatrend as a focal point for strengthening environmental security-related cooperation and competition.
4. The megatrend’s role in mitigating environmental security challenges.
Chapter IV. The global economic security escalation – the alternative energy megatrend highlighting a growing reliance on geo-economic statecraft.
1. The evolution of economic security: the alternative energy megatrend’s foothold in economic security considerations.
2. Leviathan as a market maker: economic imperatives and policy tools propelling the alternative energy megatrend.
3. The alternative energy market: emerging at the juncture of the private and public sectors.
4. Geo-economics in a universally securitized world: the promise and the warnings of the alternative energy megatrend.
In Conclusion: How does the alternative energy megatrend affect the future of specific security domains, such as energy, defense, environmental, and economic?
Part 4. The Metamorphoses – the alternative energy megatrend’s future security trajectory.
Chapter I. Charting the megatrend’s future course.
1. The demise?
2. The ascent?
3. The dynamics.
Chapter II. Making headway in the turbulent 21st century megatrend across the globe – a diverse universe of approaches.
1. The Americas: broadening energy security considerations and new avenues of power projection.
2. Europe: a millennial strategy.
3. China: attempting renewables-related geopolitical leadership via a broader strategy of national development and security.
4. Asia-Pacific: pursuing alternative energy developments to match the regional hegemon.
5. The Greater Middle East and Africa: experimentation restricted by the dominance of fossil fuels in the Middle East and the “Great Energy Game” in Africa.
Chapter III. Rebalancing the policies – the prioritization imperatives in a universally securitized world.
1. Factoring the security complexities of the alternative energy megatrend’s progression.
2. Responding to the security context: the tentative emergence of new principles underpinning the global security architecture.
3. Prioritizing security policies: avoiding the pitfalls in formulating desirable securitization goals.
In Conclusion: What are the plausible scenarios for the megatrend’s evolution within the perspective of universal securitization?
The Epilogue – In search of the Arcanum for the 21st century?
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