Book Review - Alexandros Petersen, “Eurasia’s Shifting Geopolitical Tectonic Plates: Global Perspective, Local Theaters”

This anthology features articles, short studies, and interviews written by Alexandros Petersen (1984–2014) over the span of ten years starting in 2004, and insightfully addresses the implications of the West withdrawing from its engagement with the Caucasus and Central Asia, the expansion of Chinese influence, and Russia’s strategic interests. Dr. Alexandros Petersen was a scholar of energy geopolitics with a decade’s experience of research across Europe and Eurasia. Until his untimely death in a Kabul restaurant bombing in 2014, Petersen served as Advisor to the European Energy Security Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was also a Senior Fellow for Eurasia and Fellow for Transatlantic Energy Security at the Atlantic Council, a Visiting Fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and provided research for the National Petroleum Council’s Geopolitics and Policy Task Group. Dr. Petersen regularly provided analysis to publications such as the Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Interest, and the Atlantic—the most significant of which are included in this collection and constitute a broad and prescient examination of Eurasian geopolitics.

Authors: Polad Muradli