The Institute of Applied Ethics presents: ‘Blood Oil’
Professor Leif Wenar (Kings College London)
Professor Leif Wenar is visiting the Institute of Applied Ethics from Kings College London, to give a talk based on his highly acclaimed book 'Blood Oil: tyrants, violence and rules that run the world'.
The Soviet Union, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Al Qaeda, ISIS... for 40 years the West's most serious foreign threats and crises have come from oil states. What drives the 'resource curse' is an archaic law in global trade that empowers authoritarians and armed groups, and sends the money from consumers' everyday purchases to some of the world's most violent men. The West's strategies for countering the power of oil have largely failed, and there is an opportunity to pre-empt future threats by changing the world's rules for buying petroleum.
“Leif Wenar has written the indispensable guide [to] what we ought to do to make the world a better place.” – Angus Deaton, Nobel Laureate in Economics 2015
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