Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst) and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), positions he has held since 1985. Professor Klare has written widely on U.S. defense policy, the arms trade, and global resource politics. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (2008), Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (2004), and Resource Wars (2001).
He is also the defense correspondent of The Nation magazine and a Contributing Editor of Current History. He has contributed articles to these journals and many others, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harper's, Newsweek, and Scientific American. Klare has also worked with many non-governmental organizations and currently serves on the board of directors of the Arms Control Association and the National Priorities Project.