The Geopolitics of Energy: Is Blood Thicker Than Oil?

October 20, 2008

October 20, 2008 -- Michael Klare, an international authority on the geopolitics of energy, will discuss his book, "Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum," Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs.

His appearance, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by U.Va.'s School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Miller Center.

Klare argues that, with oil supplies dwindling, nations are "engaged in an escalating game of brinksmanship" to make sure oil keeps flowing, according to Publishers Weekly.

Jack Brown, associate professor in the Engineering School’s Department of Science, Technology and Society and organizer of the lecture, believes Klare will stir discussion on this relevant and timely topic.    

"In recent years, Americans have had sobering reminders that energy supplies touch on every facet of modern existence: national wealth, global warming, environmental challenges, technological innovation and evolving geopolitics," Brown said. "Given its central role, we can only really understand energy issues by integrating a range of viewpoints and disciplines."

Students who are unable to attend are invited to an afternoon briefing sponsored in part by the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture. The briefing will start at 1:15 p.m. in the Harrison Institute's auditorium on U.Va.'s Central Grounds.

The student event will feature a video presentation of the lecture and a live Q&A with Klare. Pizza and drinks will be served, and a drawing will be held for a copy of Klare's book.

Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment of Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, a position he has held since 1985.

Before assuming his present post, he served as director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He has written extensively on U.S. defense policy, the arms trade and world security affairs.

For further information, contact Jack Brown at 434-924-6177 or