The Resource Curse and the Role of the West

Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law, King’s College London

The Resource Curse and the Role of the West by The Chicago Council

Natural resources empower the world's most coercive regimes. Tyrants, terrorists, and armed groups use resource money to bolster their grip on power. For decades resource-fueled autocrats and extremists have committed human rights violations while Western consumers, paying at the gas station and the mall, inadvertently fund their activities. Leif Wenar argues that America can now lead a peaceful global revolution by finally ending its dependence on authoritarian oil and conflict minerals—making the West more secure at home and better able to solve urgent problems like climate change. Join Leif Wenar and the Council on Global Affairs for a discussion on what role governments, the private sector, and consumers can play in improving the global resource trade.

Leif Wenar’s book, Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World, will be available for purchase and signing from The Book Cellar following the program.

Speaker Bio


11:45 a.m.         

12:00 p.m.         
Presentation and discussion

1:00 p.m.            
Adjournment and book signing