Michael T. Klare

Michael T. Klare

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. His newest book, "The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources" (2012).  His other books include: "Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy" (2009) and "Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependence on Imported Petroleum" (2000). A documentary movie version of his book "Blood and Oil" is available from the Media Education Foundation. Follow him on Twitter at @mklare1.

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President Joe Biden speaks during an event to announce new cabinet nominations at the Queen Theatre on December 11, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 25, 2021
We Can't Afford Another Cold War on This Scalding Planet
Slowing the pace of climate change and getting “tough” on China, especially over its human-rights abuses and unfair trade practices, are among the top priorities President Biden has announced for his new administration. Evidently, he believes that he can tame a rising China with harsh pressure...
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Even without the corrosive impacts of Donald Trump’s hostile diplomacy of recent years, China would pose an enormous challenge to any new administration. (Photo: PRE-COVID/Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Can Biden Achieve Progress Where It Matters While Avoiding a New Cold (or Hot) War?
Soon-to-be President Joe Biden will instantly face a set of extraordinary domestic crises — a runaway pandemic, a stalled economy, and raw political wounds, especially from the recent Trumpian assault on the Capitol — but few challenges are likely to prove more severe than managing U.S. relations...
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People seldom notice that Trump’s approach to military policy has always been two-faced. (Photo: John Minchillo-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 07, 2020
Trump’s Pernicious Military Legacy
In the military realm, Donald Trump will most likely be remembered for his insistence on ending America’s involvement in its twenty-first-century "forever wars"—the fruitless, relentless, mind-crushing military campaigns undertaken by Presidents Bush and Obama in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and...
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Dispatching nuclear-capable B-52s on simulated bombing runs against Chinese and Russian military installations is simply nuts. (Photo: Wilson Hui/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, October 12, 2020
The Nuclearization of American Diplomacy
On August 21st, six nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers, representing approximately one-seventh of the war-ready U.S. B-52H bomber fleet, flew from their home base in North Dakota to Fairford Air Base in England for several weeks of intensive operations over Europe. Although the actual...
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"The Pentagon is seeking to take this process to an entirely new level—by replacing not just ordinary soldiers and their weapons, but potentially admirals and generals with robotic systems," writes Klare. ((Photo: US Air Force) Views
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Robot Generals
With Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of U.S. service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relying ever more frequently on intelligent robots to conduct hazardous combat operations. Such devices, known in the military as “ autonomous weapons...
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The Navy’s plans to replace large manned vessels with small, unmanned ones was only accelerated by the outbreak of the pandemic. (Photo: US Navy/DoD) Views
Monday, July 20, 2020
A World of "Killer Robots" But Not "National Security"
On March 26th, the coronavirus accomplished what no foreign adversary has been able to do since the end of World War II: it forced an American aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt , to suspend patrol operations and shelter in port. By the time that ship reached dock in Guam, hundreds of...
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Here’s another thing a new Cold War guarantees: a significant increase in military spending at a time of ballooning national debt and a desperate need for investment in domestic economic recovery. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Get Ready to Pay the Costs of a New Cold War With China
America’s pundits and politicians have largely concluded that a new Cold War with China—a period of intense hostility and competition falling just short of armed combat—has started. "Rift Threatens U.S. Cold War Against China," as a New York Times headline put it on May 15th, citing recent clashes...
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It does appear that the present still-raging pandemic is forcing dramatic shifts in the way we consume energy and that many of these changes are likely to persist in some fashion long after the virus has been tamed. (Photo: Brian Katt, Wikimedia Commons) Views
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The Beginning of the End for Oil?
Energy analysts have long assumed that, given time, growing international concern over climate change would result in a vast restructuring of the global energy enterprise. The result: a greener, less climate-degrading system. In this future, fossil fuels would be overtaken by renewables, while oil...
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The only way to avert such a catastrophe and assure ourselves that Earth will not become an avenger planet is to heed Mother Nature’s warning and cease the further desecration of essential ecosystems.  (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?
As the coronavirus sweeps across the planet, leaving death and mayhem in its wake, many theories are being expounded to explain its ferocity. One, widely circulated within right-wing conspiracy circles, is that it originated as a biological weapon developed at a secret Chinese military lab in the...
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Unbeknownst to most Americans, the Finnmark region of Norway and adjacent Russian territory have become one of the most likely battlegrounds for the first use of nuclear weapons in any future NATO-Russian conflict. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 10, 2020
The Arctic: World War III’s Newest Battlefield
In early March, an estimated 7,500 American combat troops will travel to Norway to join thousands of soldiers from other NATO countries in a massive mock battle with imagined invading forces from Russia. In this futuristic simulated engagement—it goes by the name of Exercise Cold Response 2020—...
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