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The new geopolitics of energy

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyIn his latest book, "Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet," Michael Klare says the world's diminishing energy sources are radically changing the international balance of power. He speaks Monday night at the Cordillera Valley Club.

To say that the geopolitics of energy is a hot topic is an understatement. Who supplies it? Who needs it? How can it be obtained? What are the costs?

A pre-eminent expert on resource geopolitics and the author of 13 books, Michael Klare will close the Vail Symposium’s summer season of Hot Topic lectures and discussions at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the Cordillera Valley Club.

“Many top-level discussions of energy seem to somehow involve Michael Klare,” said Fraidy Aber, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “I am extremely thrilled to bring him to our community to share his insight and help contribute to our community forum and dinner-table discussions.”

Klare’s latest book, “Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet,” is an indispensable account of how the world’s diminishing energy sources are radically changing the international balance of power. In it, he posits that energy has never been as critical to the healthy operation of the global economy, saying, “Petroleum products are utterly essential to sustain the international sinews of globalization ” the planes, trains, trucks and ships that carry goods and people from one region of the planet to another. … Without this additional energy, the world economy will fall into recession or depression, the globalization project will fail, and the planet could descend into chaos.”

With the world’s resources continuing to shrink, competition for them has exploded. Klare will discuss the primary consumers, including the U.S., China, Russia and Japan, as well as the ways in which energy-rich states, such as Kazakhstan and Nigeria, have come to hold greater leverage in world affairs. Klare suggests that a shift has occurred from military power to resource power from the Cold War to the present.

Michael Klare is the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies. Klare teaches at Amherst, Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges and at the University of Massachusetts. A regular contributor to Harper’s, Foreign Affairs and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense analyst for The Nation. Klare has written widely on U.S. defense policy, the arms trade and world-security affairs. He serves on the board of directors of the Arms Control Association and the advisory board of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch. He also is a member of the Committee on International Security Studies of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Klare will speak at the Cordillera Valley Club on Monday. Check-in and cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., and the talk will start promptly at 6 p.m.

Who: Michael Klare, energy expert and author

Where: Cordillera Valley Club

When: Monday, 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $25, or $20 for Vail Symposium Contributors. A special rate of $15 is available for students, teachers and young professionals

More information: Call 970-476-0954 or visit

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