Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985. Before assuming his present post, he served as Director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. (1977-84).
Professor Klare has written widely on U.S. defense policy, the arms trade, and world security affairs. He is the author of: Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (Metropolitan Books, 2004); Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict (Metropolitan Books, 2001); Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws (Hill and Wang, 1995); American Arms Supermarket (University of Texas Press, 1984); Supplying Repression (Field Foundation, 1978; 2nd ed., Institute for Policy Studies, 1981); and War Without End: American Planning for the Next Vietnams (Knopf, 1974). In addition, he is the editor or co-editor of Light Weapons and Civil Conflict: Controlling the Tools of Violence (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999); World Security: Challenges for a New Century (1st edition, 1991; 2nd edition, 1994; 3rd edition, 1998); Peace and World Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide (5th edition, 1989; 6th edition, 1994); Lethal Commerce: The Global Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1995); and Low-Intensity Warfare (Pantheon, 1988). Professor Klare is also the defense correspondent of The Nation, a Contributing Editor of Current History. He has contributed articles to the two aforementioned journals and to Arms Control Today, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harper's, International Security, Issues in Science and Technology, Journal of International Affairs, Le Monde Diplomatique, Mother Jones, Scientific American, Technology Review, Third World Quarterly, and World Policy Journal.
Michael Klare serves on the board of directors of the Arms Control Association, and the advisory board of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch; he is also a member of the Committee on International Security Studies of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Klare received his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University in 1963 and 1968, respectively, and his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of the Union Institute in 1976.