Charlotte Dennett and Gerald Colby, researchers and authors.

Through the current crises of the Middle East, from Israel/Palestine to Afghanistan to Iraq, oil runs as a consistent thread. This talk, illustrated by declassified documents and maps, explains how strong that thread is and how it is made invisible to contemporaries of each crisis -- to the peril of democracy.

Gerard Colby and Charlotte Dennett are the authors of Thy Will Be Done. The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil (1995). Their new book, tentatively titled The Kingdom and the Power: Saudi Oil, The Holocaust and American intelligence at the Dawn of the Middle East Crisis, has been a work in progress since the Gulf War.