September 3, 1984–January 17, 2014
A scholar of grand strategy and energy geopolitics, Dr. Alexandros Petersen had a decade’s experience conducting research across Europe and Eurasia and was an accomplished writer, scholar, and advisor to governments and private organizations. Dr. Petersen was the author of the book, The World Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West, and co-founded a blog on China in Central Asia, also the title of a book he had near completed. Dr. Petersen had also begun work on a biography of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvilli.
Dr. Petersen served as Advisor to the European Energy Security Initiative (EESI) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he was affiliated at the time of his death. Previously, Dr. Petersen had been a Senior Fellow with the Eurasia Center and Fellow for Transatlantic Energy Security at the Atlantic Council. He came to the Council from the Woodrow Wilson Center, where he was Southeast Europe Policy Scholar and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he was a Visiting Fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program. Dr. Petersen served as Program Director of the Caspian Europe Center in Brussels and Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. In 2006, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies in Tbilisi. He also provided research for the U.S. National Petroleum Council’s Geopolitics and Policy Task Group and the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Russian-American Relations.
Dr. Petersen was the first Vice President, Global Operations for Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and served for more than three years on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Petersen regularly provided analysis for publications such as The Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe and Washington Times, among many others. He was a frequent contributor to journals and magazines including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and The National Interest, and had appeared on the BBC, Sky News, CTV and NPR. Dr. Petersen taught classes on energy geopolitics and political science at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. National War College and the American University of Central Asia, among many others. At the time of his death, Dr. Petersen had recently arrived in Kabul to teach political science at the American University of Afghanistan.
Dr. Petersen received a BA in War Studies with First Class Honors from King’s College London and an MSc and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics.