New from Dr. Alexander V. Mirtchev:
The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition
Dr. Alexander Mirtchev’s most recent work, The Prologue: The Alternative Energy Megatrend in the Age of Great Power Competition, is a comprehensive study of the geopolitical, security, economic, and environmental future of a major game-changing phenomenon—the alternative energy megatrend. It is available in English, Spanish, German, and Russian.
This is not another alternative energy study. Rather, The Prologue identifies and charts the security-related trajectory of a relatively new global phenomenon: the ascent of alternative energy as a 21st-century megatrend.
Why and how have contemporary alternative energy developments evolved into the 21st century global socio-political and techno-economic megatrend? What are the security implications of this megatrend? And what does the megatrend’s evolution reveal about upcoming geopolitical, energy, defense, environmental, and economic security challenges? This book endeavors to answer these questions by establishing the conceptual framework of a universally securitized world in which mutually interacting threats have expanded the needs and security considerations of today’s globalized and interdependent actors, including states, international organizations, multinational corporations, and political and social movements.
“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
“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
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Ancient Greek Tanagra Figurines Educational Project
From philosophy to figurines, Dr. Alexander Mirtchev has long been passionate about the Ancient Greek world. It is this passion that prompted him to tell the story of Tanagra statuettes, bringing the world of these Hellenistic terracotta ladies to modern life.
This educational project explores their history, purpose, mythology, craftsmanship, and most importantly their grace and eternal beauty. A beauty created more than 23 centuries ago.
Other Notable Projects
Economic Security & Statecraft: The Quest for a New Global Economic Equilibrium
This is a study of the new elements of disequilibrium in the global political economy, how these elements mutually influence each other and what the impediments are to achieving equilibrium. It explores the multiple interconnected phenomena that, coupled with the appearance of unanticipated and unforeseen social, political, and economic developments, have made both the reasonable accuracy of predictions and the adoption of corresponding policies problematic.
The study analyzes the evolving notion of global economic security and the various factors that endow it with a growing significance for policy-makers worldwide. It considers how the importance of economic statecraft has gradually become equal and, to an extent, supersedes the importance of international relations for state actors, setting the stage for the emergence of geo-economics as a prioritized tool to be wielded by policy-makers.
Defense and Security Budgeting in Democratic Countries
This study evaluates the potential for misallocation of defense resources, the impact on defense effectiveness, and how different countries’ international stances towards defense budgetary processes could be effected. It considers how budget planning is often modified and reshaped by political considerations, rendering any attempt on the part of the responsible agencies and departments to implement relevant policies and strategies unviable.
The analysis compares three countries – the U.S., the UK, and Israel, exploring the specific steps that comprise defense budgeting in each, and drawing conclusions about the differences and similarities between them. It finds that in democratic countries, no defense budgeting process remains purely within the realm of national security, but is rather injected with socio-political and socio-economic interests that have repercussions on the appropriate resource allocation to the defense sector.