Professor Michael Klare was invited to participate in a forum at the United Nations Special Event on Transparency in the Global Arms Trade.
Professor Klare took part in a panel discussion on the importance of governmental openness in cross-border arms transfers. It brought together views from high-level diplomatic, academic, and media representatives.
The Special Event took place October 18 at U.N. Headquarters in New York. It was hosted by Under-Secretary-General Sergio Duarte, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.
Klare is director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS). He writes widely on international peace and security affairs, the global arms trade, and global resource politics. Among the 13 books on geopolitical topics that he has authored are Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet (2008), Blood and Oil (2004), Resource Wars (2001), Light Weapons and Civil Conflict (1999), and Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws (1995).
The Special Event comes at a time when member states of the United Nations are preparing to negotiate an Arms Trade Treaty in 2012. Klare was invited to share views based on his "rich professional experience, in particular on the interplay of arms trade and natural resources," according to the invitation extended by Daniel Prins, chief of the conventional arms branch of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs.
Under-Secretary-General Sergio Duarte, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; Daniel Prins, chief of the conventional arms branch, Office of Disarmament Affairs; and Michael Klare, director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS).