Throughout history, conflict and war have created conditions in which enslavement thrives. In turn, slavery has featured centrally in many conflicts as both a strategic goal and a means of waging war.
Professor Kevin Bales will present the findings to date of a major research project at the Rights Lab (University of Nottingham) exploring the links between slavery and war. This project seeks to map the connections between slavery and conflict, determining how incidences and patterns of enslavement vary depending on the forms of conflict, levels of intensity and duration, and the nature of the combatants and their objectives.
Professor Bales CMG is Research Director at the Right Lab at the University of Nottingham and professor of contemporary slavery. The Association of British Universities named his work one of “100 World-Changing Discoveries.” In 2001 he co-founded the NGO Free the Slaves, a group that has liberated thousands of slaves worldwide. His latest book, Blood and Earth, explores the deadly link between slavery and environmental destruction. He’s currently writing a book on slavery in war. Check out his TEDTalk: http://www.kevinbales.net/about.html