About the Lecture 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 “oil curse” is an archaic law in global trade that empowers authoritarians and armed groups by sending money from our everyday purchases to fund their violence and corruption. The West’s strategies for countering the power of oil have so far failed. But we can now abolish the law that makes us buy blood oil, and make real progress toward a safer, more just and more peaceful world.
About the Speaker Leif Wenar holds the Chair of Philosophy and Law at King’s College London. He earned his degrees in Philosophy from Stanford and from Harvard, where he worked with John Rawls and with Robert Nozick. He has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton and at Stanford, and has been a Fellow of the Carnegie Council Program in Justice and the World Economy. Wenar is the author of the acclaimed Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World (Oxford University Press, 2015).
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