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Hot War: Climate Change, Conflict and Sustainability

September 11, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

How Climate Change will Provoke World Conflict … And Why Sustainability Is the Only Sure Road to Peace

“Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts.  At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances.  But look more closely and they share several key characteristics— notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy…. It would be easy to attribute all this to age-old hatreds, as suggested by many analysts; but while such hostilities do help drive these conflicts, they are fueled by a most modern impulse as well: the desire to control valuable oil and natural gas assets.  Make no mistake about it, these are twenty-first-century energy wars.” – Michael Klare, “Twenty-First Century Energy Wars”, Truthdig, July 10, 2014 –

This event is in preparation for the People’s Climate March. We aim to create a world with an economy that works for the people and the planet, a world safe from the ravages of climate change. For more information, please refer to

Michael Klare, Five College professor of peace and world security studies, and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), holds a B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of the Union Institute. He has written widely on U.S. military policy, international peace and security affairs, the global arms trade, and global resource politics.

His books include American Arms Supermarket (1984), Low-Intensity Warfare (1988),Peace and World Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide (Fifth Edition, 1989; Sixth Edition, 1994), World Security: Challenges for a New Century (First Edition, 1991; Second Edition, 1994; Third Edition, 1998), Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws (1995), Light Weapons and Civil Conflict (1999), Resource Wars (2001), Blood and Oil (2004), and The Race for What’s Left (2012).

Sponsored by United for Justice with Peace and the MIT Western Hemisphere Project


September 11, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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