Michael Klare

MICHAEL KLARE is a writer, teacher, and public speaker who studies issues of war and peace, resource competition, and international affairs. As the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, based at Hampshire College, he teaches courses on resource politics, contemporary conflict, and world affairs. Klare has written fourteen books and hundreds of essays on these and related topics; a strong believer in the need for public debate and discussion, he also appears regularly in the media and in public to express his views on critical issues. His most recent book is The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources.

The Race for What's Left

“As Michael Klare makes clear in this powerful book, the heads of our corporate empires have decided to rip apart the planet in one last burst of profiteering. If you want to understand the next decade, I fear you better read this book.”

  —Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion—a crisis that encompasses shortages of oil and coal, copper and cobalt, water and arable land. With all of the Earth’s accessible areas already being exploited, the desperate hunt for supplies has now reached the final frontiers. The Race for What’s Left takes us from the Arctic to war zones to deep ocean floors, from a Russian submarine planting the country’s flag under the North Pole to the large-scale buying up of African farmland by Saudi Arabia and other food-scarce nations. Read more…

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Previously by Michael Klare

Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

From the author of the now-classic Resource Wars, an indispensable account of how the world's diminishing sources of energy are radically changing the international balance of power. Read more...

Resource Wars

Resource Wars

From the oilfields of Saudi Arabia to the Nile delta, from the shipping lanes of the South China Sea to the pipelines of Central Asia, Resource Wars looks at the growing impact of resource scarcity on the military policies of nations. Read more...

Blood and Oil

Blood and Oil

In Blood and Oil, Michael Klare concentrates on a single precious commodity, petroleum, while issuing a warning to the United States—its most powerful, and most dependent, global consumer. Read more...

Blood and Oil Film

Blood and Oil: the Movie

A documentary film version of Klare’s 2005 Blood and Oil, featuring archival footage of American presidents and other top leaders asserting the need to use military force to ensure access to Middle Eastern oil. Demonstrates conclusively that the Gulf War of 1990-91 and other U.S. military actions in the Persian Gulf area have been driven by the geopolitics of oil. Narrated by Klare and produced by the Media Education Foundation. Learn more & order...

About Michael Klare

Michael T. Klare

Michael Klare is the author of fourteen books, including: Resource Wars (2001); Blood and Oil (2004); Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet (2008); and The Race for What’s Left (2012). Read more...

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