Alexandros Petersen:
The World Island - Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West


Both a historical analysis and a call to arms, this is the comprehensive policy guide to understanding and engaging in the geopolitics of Eurasia.

The 20th century was dominated by three visions of Eurasian geopolitics: "The World Island," "Containment," and "Prometheism." The World Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West posits a fourth vision of Eurasian geopolitics: the 21st-century Geopolitical Strategy for Eurasia.

Through an original and comprehensive analysis and synthesis of the ideas of Sir Halford Mackinder, George Kennan, and Jozef Pilsudski, this title reestablishes fundamental Western strategy objectives. It analyses the state of and potential for Western engagement with China, Afghanistan, Turkey, Russia, and other Eurasian states and sets out what is at stake for the West in the Eurasian theatre. Promoting a robust strategy to further and protect essential Western values, the author argues for the development of trade and energy links, coupled with the promotion of good governance and the facilitation of policy independence, integration, and Western-orientation among the Eurasian nations.

  • Presents a new geopolitical vision for the 21st century, clearly communicating what is at stake for the West in the Eurasian theatre and urging a robust, forward strategy to further and protect essential Western values
  • Offers the 21st century's first comprehensive consideration of Eurasian geopolitics, as well as the only complete analysis of the ideas that shaped Western strategy in Eurasia during the 20th century
  • Presents in-depth analysis of Western engagement with Eurasian countries, from Belarus to Mongolia, Turkey to Afghanistan

'Alex was a prodigiously intelligent scholar with a keen and insightful mind that engaged thoughtfully with both the abstract and the practical aspects of the subject. The publication of his work will undoubtedly contribute new and important understandings to the energy policy of the region.’

Michael Rainsborough
Head of the Department of War Studies and Professor of Strategic Theory, King’s College London

The World Island is available on Amazon.