Alexander C. Carsley grew up in Montreal. He studied the politics of nuclear war at Sir George Williams University, the history of the Middle East at McGill University, and poker at Harvard University. He has travelled extensively and lived for many years in Europe and the Middle East. During his travels, he became involved in two wars, one terrorist attack, and one revolution. He now divides his time between Canada, the United States, and Greece. He is part of a think tank dedicated to stopping nuclear proliferation and the high probability of nuclear terrorism.