Resource Wars

The New Landscape of Global Conflict

Michael T. Klare

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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.

International security expert Michael T. Klare argues that in the early decades of the new millennium, wars will be fought not over ideology but over access to dwindling supplies of precious natural commodities. The political divisions of the Cold War, Klare asserts, have given way to a global scramble for oil, natural gas, minerals, and water. And as armies throughout the world define resource security as a primary objective, widespread instability is bound to follow, especially in those areas where competition for essential materials overlaps with long-standing territorial and religious disputes. In this clarifying view, the recent explosive conflict between the United States and Islamic extremism stands revealed as the predictable consequence of consumer nations seeking to protect the vital resources they depend on.

A much-needed assessment of a changed world, Resource Wars is a compelling look at warfare in an era of rampant globalization and intense economic competition.

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"Brilliantly researched, ably argued . . . Resource Wars shows a new geography of conflict based on looming scarcities. Klare's analysis is indisputable."
--David Rieff, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Klare's is a rigorous and coolly executed work with sobering implications for the next several decades of life on earth."
--Mike Newirth, In These Times

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Michael T. Klare

Michael T. Klare is the author of fourteen books, including Resource Wars, Blood and Oil, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet and The Race for What's Left. A regular contributor to Harper's, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense analyst for The Nation and the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst.

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Resource Wars
The New Landscape of Global Conflict
Michael T. Klare

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Henry Holt and Co.
A Metropolitan/Holt Paperbacks Book
March 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805055764
ISBN10: 0805055762
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages, Includes ten maps and nineteen tables
$18.00

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May 2001
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ISBN: 9781429900560
ISBN10: 1429900563
320 pages
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