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“Canada, Oil and World Politics: The Real Story of Today’s Conflict Zones – Irqa, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ukraine and More”

February 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST


This free public lecture by John Foster, based on his new book “Oil and World Politics: The real story of today’s conflict zones – Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ukraine and more”, covers the geopolitics of oil-producing countries, transit countries, and the Big Powers as well as Canada in the great “petroleum game.” Foster explores military interventions, tensions around international waterways, and the use of sanctions or political interference related to the petroleum trade. Drawing on his experience as a petroleum economist, John illuminates the petroleum-related reasons for government actions usually camouflaged and rarely discussed publicly.

The public lecture will be followed by reflections from Dr. Angela Carter, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and a Balsillie School of International Affairs Fellow, and by a Q&A with the audience.

About the speaker:

John Foster has spent his working life as a petroleum economist. He has more than 40 years’ experience in policy and economic issues relating to infrastructure and petroleum. While holding positions with British Petroleum group, Petro-Canada, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, Foster witnessed first-hand the impact of petroleum geopolitics in more than 30 countries around the world.

Wordsworth Books will be selling Foster’s books in advance at their King St. location and at the event (http://www.wordsworthbooks.com/).

This event is co-sponsored by the Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada (PACS-Can) and the Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG).

For more info and to RSVP: https://www.balsillieschool.ca/event/canada-oil-and-world-politics-the-real-story-of-todays-conflict-zones-iraq-afghanistan-venezuela-ukraine-and-more/?rsvp_sent=1


Balsillie School of International Affairs, Room 1-43
67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario Canada
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Balsillie School of International Affairs
Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada (PACS-Can)
Laurier Student Public Interest Research Group (LSPRIG

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