Alexandros Petersen was the author of The World Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West (Praeger: 2011). A scholar of grand strategy and energy geopolitics, he served as an Advisor to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. He was widely published in The Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, as well as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and the National Interest. He appeared on the BBC, Sky News, CTV and NPR. He was killed in a bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan in January 2014.
The Jamestown Foundation is deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Dr. Alexandros Petersen in a bomb blast that occurred last weekend in Kabul, Afghanistan. Alexandros had recently
In the last two years, China has emerged as the most consequential outside actor in Central Asia. As we have described in other writings, China’s ascension to this role has
While the concept of a “New Silk Road” of trade, transport and telecommunications connections across Eurasia was formally endorsed by the US State Department, it is Beijing and Chinese companies
In a clear but still gradual shift over the past year, Chinese policymakers have changed their stance on Afghanistan from cultivated disinterest to growing engagement. As the potential security vacuum
An article written by Jamestown's Alexandros Petersen and Raffaello Pantucci was published in the November/December hardcopy of The National Interest China's Inadvertent <wbr></wbr>Empire. It is part of their joint project on China in Central Asia.
Jamestown's expert on Central Asia, Alexandros Petersen was interviewed by News.Az about the repercussions for the South Caucasus of a war with Iran.
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