Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World

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The benefits from development and global connectedness — in which we are all inescapably complicit — have been huge. However, the natural resources that enabled that development also benefited people who systematically made the lives of others desperate and miserable, fueled violent conflicts, and funded many of the world’s autocracies.

This cycle continues today, but there is hope. In his book, Blood Oil, Leif Wenar explores this great moral challenge of our time, and “shows how citizens, consumers, and leaders can act today to avert tomorrow’s crises — and how we can together create a more united human future.”

Featuring the author Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law, King’s College London; with comments by Ian Vásquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute; moderated by Christopher A. Preble, Vice President, Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

Wenar, the chair of philosophy and law at King’s College London, has written a timely and provocative book. Please join us for a full discussion of his findings, and their policy implications.

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