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Introduction – the future of a modern socio-political and techno-economic megatrend in the 21st century universally-securitized world?

1. How is the 21st century world becoming universally securitized?
2. Why and how has alternative energy emerged as a 21st century socio-political and techno-economic megatrend?
3. How does the established securitization of the alternative energy megatrend’s main elements bring about the megatrend’s meta-securitization and its disproportionate security connotations?
4. What questions does the alternative energy megatrend raise about the modern understanding of geopolitical dynamics?
5. What does the alternative energy megatrend reveal about modern and upcoming approaches toward energy security?
6. How would nuclear energy, as an already established alternative to fossil fuels, evolve in the upcoming post-proliferation world, and what is its possible role as a frame of reference for the megatrend?
7. Where does the alternative energy megatrend fit into the 21st century transformation of defense capabilities, doctrines, and policies?
8. How does the alternative energy megatrend become an essential aspect of the redefinition of environmental security and contribute to the “greening” of geopolitics?
9. How does the alternative energy megatrend testify to the transformation of global economic security calculations and the rise of geo-economics?
10. What is the future security trajectory of the alternative energy megatrend, and where should policies be focused in order to achieve desirable outcomes from this megatrend’s future?
11. What does the megatrend reveal about the future global security context and why does prioritization become an imperative in the universally-securitized world?

Chapter I. The Prologue – the rise of modern alternative energy as a socio-political and techno-economic megatrend in the rapidly changing 21st century global security context

1. The trend’s emerging identity – how do the mutually reinforcing and converging drivers form and constitute the trend, as well as attest to its future transformations.
2. The attributes that make a megatrend – alternative energy developments manifesting the characteristics of a distinct and evolving 21st century socio-political and techno-economic megatrend.
3. A very brief history of alternative energy’s future – contemporary constructions charting alternative energy’s progress.

Chapter II. The geopolitics – charting a complex megatrend in a globally-securitized world

1. The Equilibrium – plotting one more variable of a geopolitical system in flux.
2. The resources – rethinking of the global resource geography that transforms the political topography of energy.
3. The actors – the traditional and emerging cast of the Grand Energy Play.
4. The Americas – broadening energy security considerations that open new avenues of power projection.
5. Europe – a millennial strategy coalescing from fragmented plans.
6. China – broader strategy of national development and security expressed through a prominent China-centric claim to renewables-related geopolitical leadership.
7. Asia-Pacific – across-the-board pursuit of alternative energy developments by actors seeking to match the regional hegemon.
8. The Greater Middle East and Africa – tentative experimentation restricted by the dominance of fossil fuels in the Middle East and themes of the “Great Energy Game” replayed in Africa.
9. The megatrend’s perspective on the upcoming energy security complexities of the 21st century –multiple networks of reshaped energy-related geopolitical divisions and stances.

Chapter III. The modern energy security – factoring the alternative energy megatrend into the make-up and security of the future global energy system

1. The broadening scope of energy security – the megatrend’s slant on new approaches to securing energy and the emergence of new threats to stability as a result of evolving energy practices.
2. Alternative energy technologies in the unfolding global technological revolution – the megatrend’s direction shepherded by the dominant technologies of the day.
3. Attitude modifier – the alternative energy megatrend’s projected evolution offering a new slant on traditional political perceptions and attitudes, and contributing to the reshaping of energy supplier and consumer relationships.
4. Energy securitization as a deterrence and leverage tool – the megatrend’s imprint on transformed foreign policy stances and offering a path to new means of projecting power?
5. The question of technological viability – the cornerstone of the alternative energy megatrend’s future energy security relevance.
6. The upcoming energy security perspectives – reshaping approaches and practices in order to manage evolving risks and pursue new types of energy resilience in the 21st century.

Chapter IV. The national defense transformation – the alternative energy megatrend’s role in the ongoing 21st century rethinking of military doctrines, capabilities and practices

1. The why and how of the ongoing defense transformation in a universally-securitized world – the alternative energy megatrend as an element of the revamping of defense approaches in response to the broadening defense securitization responsibilities.
2. The projected defense benefits promised by alternative energy – adapting to the new strategic environment, optimizing the efficiency and effectiveness of bases, transportation and the warfighter, and enhancing society’s overall technological base.
3. Practical uptake of renewables by defense establishments worldwide – U.S. leadership, with others gradually gaining ground.
4. The question of defense viability – dealing with renewables’ obstacles, vulnerabilities, and impediments to institutionalization.
5. The alternative energy megatrend underscoring the new societal and political demands to be imposed on the defense sector in the 21st century universally-securitized world – toward the new iterations of the ongoing defense transformation.

Chapter V. The environmental security revisited – the alternative energy megatrend as a key element redefining the securitization of the global habitat

1. The modern redefinition of environmental security – the emergence of actionable environmental policies promised by alternative energy developments.
2. Environmental policies – diverse traditional incentivizing and restrictive policies outlining an emerging cross-border regulatory framework.
3. “Greening” geopolitics – the megatrend as one more focal point of strengthening environmental security-related cooperation and competition between actors.
4. The question of environmental viability – dealing with the inconsistencies of alternative energy applications in pursuit of environmental security in the course of a transformation of society’s view of the relationship between humanity and nature.
5. The upcoming environmental security challenges and their mitigation – the megatrend accentuating environmental security’s transformation into a point of global concern and contention.

Chapter VI. The global economic security escalation – the alternative energy megatrend becoming an aspect of economic considerations and highlighting the growing reliance on geo-economic statecraft

1. The evolution of economic security – the alternative energy megatrend’s foothold in the expansion of economic security considerations.
2. Leviathan as a market-maker – economic policies to meet growth, stability and technological advancement imperatives propelling the alternative energy megatrend.
3. The alternative energy market – emerging at the juncture of the interweaving interests of the private and public sectors.
4. The question of economic viability – missing the bottom line in exchange for facilitating the megatrend’s future economic security contribution.
5. Geo-economics in a universally-securitized world – the megatrend exposing the growing role of economic statecraft in foreign policy and national security strategy.

Chapter VII. Nuclear energy under the “cloud” of the post-proliferation world – alternative energy as “alternative” to the alternative

1. Renewables as “alternative” to the established alternative of fossil fuels – nuclear power as a factor in alternative energy calculations.
2. Nuclear power’s intrinsic viability – economic, energy, and environmental security hurdles influencing the projected course of the alternative energy megatrend.
3. The question of the post-proliferation world – projecting the challenges arising from a potential weaponization of renewables through the looking glass of nuclear power’s dual use.
4. Nuclear power’s future security significance – the increasing inability of states to guarantee the security of their populations.

Chapter VIII. The Metamorphoses – the ongoing transformation of the security context defining the alternative energy megatrend’s global security trajectory

1. The upcoming 21st century security context highlighted by the alternative energy megatrend – upending established practices, challenging accepted security approaches and prompting new priorities.
2. The future trajectory – a distinct 21st century socio-political and techno-economic megatrend at the crossroads of a drawn-out rise and a not-so-imminent fall.
3. The non-traditional fossil fuels: new technologies impacting the future role of renewables in the global security equation.
4. Making headway in the turbulent 21st century megatrend – setting the compasses for rebalancing alternative energy policies.
5. The prioritization imperatives in the universally securitized world – the balance between objectives, resources, and vision.

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