Klare analyzes the most likely cause of war in the century just begun: demand by rapidly growing populations for scarce resources. An introductory chapter sets the scene, laying out the complexities of rapidly increasing demand as the world industrializes, the concentration of resources in unstable states and the competing claims to ownership of resources by neighboring states. Succeeding chapters look more closely at the potential for conflict over oil in the Persian Gulf and in the Caspian and South China Seas, over water in the Nile Basin and other multinational river systems and over timber, gems and minerals from Borneo to Sierra Leone. The strength of Klare's presentation is its concreteness. His analyses of likely conflicts, for example among Syria, Jordan and Israel for the limited water delivered by the Jordan River, are informed by detailed research into projected usage rates, population growth and other relevant trends. As Klare shows, the same pattern is repeated in dozens of other locations throughout the world. Finite resources, escalating demand and the location of resources in regions torn by ethnic and political unrest all combine as preconditions of war. Klare, an expert on warfare and international security (Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws, etc.), presents a persuasive case for paying serious attention to these impending hostilities and furnishes the basic information needed to understand their danger and the importance of international cooperation in staving off conflict. (May) Forecast: Klare's message is important, but it probably won't be heard by many beyond readers of the handful of major newspapers that will review it.
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In this tour d'horizon for prospective wars in the next few decades, Klare identifies the factors and the actors in several contested areas of Africa and Asia. Distancing himself from ruminators like Samuel Huntington, whose Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996) maintained that cultural differences, such as between Muslim and Christian, will drive post-cold war international politics, Klare contends that power struggles over petroleum, water, gems, and timber will be the engines. Indeed, where oil and water are concentrated in Asia and Africa--the Persian Gulf, the Caspian Sea, and the South China Sea in the former; the Nile, Jordan, Tigris-Euphrates, and Indus River regions in the latter--Klare notes marked increases in military activity. Saber sharpening, rattling, and use have their provocations in increasing worldwide demand, driven by economic and population growth, for oil and clean water. Buttressing the text with tables attesting the finitude of both resources, Klare provides needed clarity on and a needed current-affairs summary of the issue. Gilbert Taylor
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Came in great condition and it was affordable. Unfortunately, the book contents were not for me, but that doesn't affect the rating of the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aleyda Marquez
Conflicts over natural resources have become a major feature of globalization. Their interrelations with ethnic, religious and tribal hostilities are foundations for much regional... Read morePublished 17 months ago by V.H. Amavilah
This is one of the best reading materials on the topic.
Though a little dated, no other book covers the issue in such a clear manner. Read more
This could have been an article. Includes more detail than required for an enjoyable read. Also a bit dated. OK.Published on March 25, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I have been following the issue of resource depletion for a while now. I believe it to be the ultimate theme until the end of time/after the collapse of the global population. Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by SilverMalthusian
Michael Klare showed how resource competition and scarcity has always been one of the major causes of wars. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Afia
Thats an awesome book. Great service from amazon too. I have read the first pages and its a great great book. Economists should be reading this.Published on September 30, 2011 by shenzy