Bestselling Author Michael Klare Discusses Energy Security at Webster Vienna

| July 1, 2015
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The evolution of “energy security” makes it a relevant topic for many academic programs at Webster University. Bestselling author Michael Klare addressed it on a June 18 visit to Webster Vienna.

Webster Vienna was recently host to a presentation by distinguished New York Times-bestseller author Michael Klare, “Climate, Geography, and Technology: the Changing Parameters of Energy Security.” Klare has written extensively about the changing nature of energy security.

Originally, the term “energy security” referred to the protection of oil deliveries from supplier nations to consumer nations, often through military means. To this end, the United States and Saudi Arabia struck an agreement trading protection for privileged oil access. United States’ involvement in the Middle East since World War II has largely been shaped around this partnership.

Now energy security is understood much more broadly, Klare explained, often as the triangle of supply, price, and sustainability. That evolution makes it a relevant topic for many academic programs at Webster University.

Trends in international relations are bringing energy security to the fore, with examples including the Ukrainian crisis, ongoing turbulence in the Middle East, and tensions in the South China Sea. The latter, in particular, has enormous consequences for United States strategy. President Obama has cited concerns about East Asian maritime disputes as part of the rationale for America’s “pivot” to Asia.

Klare made clear, however, that energy security has implications beyond geopolitics. With climate change accelerating and little progress in the way of international binding carbon emissions agreements, the question of how nations procure their energy is more relevant and urgent than ever.

Read more about his June 18 visit at Webster Vienna.

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