“The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in a Universally Securitized World”

This is not one more alternative energy study. Dr. Alexander Mirtchev’s provocative new book The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in a Universally Securitized World is a prescient assessment of the security trajectory of a yet to be fully understood global modern phenomenon: the ascent of alternative energy-related developments as a socio-political and techno-economic megatrend.

In charting the security implications of the alternative energy megatrend, the book explores the following questions:

• How is the 21st century world becoming universally securitized?
• Why and how has alternative energy emerged as a 21st century socio-political and techno-economic megatrend?
• 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?
• What questions does the alternative energy megatrend raise about the modern understanding of geopolitical dynamics?
• What does the alternative energy megatrend reveal about modern and upcoming approaches toward energy security?
• 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?
• Where does the alternative energy megatrend fit into the 21st century transformation of defense capabilities, doctrines, and policies?
• How does the alternative energy megatrend become an essential aspect of the redefinition of environmental security and contribute to the “greening” of geopolitics?
• How does the alternative energy megatrend testify to the transformation of global economic security calculations and the rise of geo-economics?
• 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?
• What does the megatrend reveal about the future global security context and why does prioritization become an imperative in the universally securitized world?

This piercing new book about the convergence of alternative energy developments as a magnifying glass for the 21st century security complexities will provide considerable food for thought and is a must-read for anyone interested in geopolitics, international relations, energy, environmental and economic security.

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