The Prologue Blog

A Blog by Dr. Alexander Mirtchev

  • Making of a Megatrend: Episode 4 – Universal Securitization
    One of the more complex themes in The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition is the notion of universal securitization. The notion of universal securitization tries to grasp the 21st century’s increasingly interconnected globalized world in transition. This interconnectedness includes ever-multiplying actors with the ability to wield power through securitization, from the UN’s initiatives to address environmental degradation to the new capabilities of states like Germany to determine the economic security policies of the entire EU. At the same time, this interconnectedness implies that securitizing a single issue is impossible without creating spill-over into …

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  • Making of a Megatrend: Episode 3 – Energy Security
    Along with geopolitical empowerment, humanity’s insatiable desire for energy is a major driver of the alternative energy megatrend. It fuels the economy, allows us to travel, keeps us warm (and cool), keeps the lights on and Netflix streaming. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that world energy consumption will grow by nearly 50% between 2018 and 2050. For countries, the primary energy security consideration is the ability to obtain secure supplies of energy at reasonable prices. In the context of the alternative energy megatrend, the key questions are: what are – or will be – the primary energy sources and …

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  • Making of a Megatrend: Episode 2 – Geopolitics
    As discussed in Episode 1, one of the key drivers of the alternative energy megatrend is the potential for it to provide a new means of empowerment. While it gives individuals and civil society a powerful boost, the potential geopolitical leverage derived from winning the technological race to harness (and store!) energy from the sun, wind, oceans and even space is motivating the development of alternative energy resources. The promise of greater energy independence is also a powerful motivating force. Indeed, as Paddy Ryan notes in Defense News, “[e]nergy is woven into the fabric of modern geopolitics.” The megatrend’s most …

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  • The Making of a Megatrend: Episode 1
    Seven Key Drivers Propelling the Alternative Energy Megatrend To understand why alternative energy developments represent a modern socio-political, techno-economic, and ideological megatrend, it is important to examine the driving forces that propel them. For the sake of simplicity, I have boiled these forces down to 7 key drivers of the megatrend. These driving forces are not only the essence of the alternative energy megatrend, but they also constitute the alternative energy megatrend itself. 1. The insatiable demand for energy  It comes as no surprise that the current and future uptake of renewables correlates with the fluctuating demand and supply of …

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  • The Alternative Energy Megatrend & the Quest for the Philosopher’s Stone
    When explaining the plot of The Prologue to friends and colleagues, a common theme emerged. The alternative energy megatrend is essentially a quest that holds the capacity to break the boundaries of economic laws, open new paths to prosperity, and transcend social strictures. History offers a welcome example of an equally sweeping quest — the search for the Philosopher’s Stone known as the Arcanum.  Indeed, the Arcanum was the undercurrent of bold human endeavors for centuries.  As the alternative energy megatrend carries society forward, humanity’s amazing experience of that other fabled quest for liberating abundance offers an understanding of the …

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