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October 29, 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo
Why Cobalt Mining in the DRC Needs Urgent Attention

Cobalt is an essential mineral used for batteries in electric cars, computers, and cell phones. Demand for cobalt is increasing as more electric cars are sold, particularly in Europe.

An artisanal miner carries raw ore at Tilwizembe, a former industrial copper-cobalt mine, outside of Kolwezi, the capital city of Lualaba Province in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 11, 2016

February 7, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: President Trump’s New Land-Mine Policy

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: Democrats vow to reverse the Trump administration’s new land-mine policy, the candidates participa…

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March 24, 2017

Arctic
Canary in the Coal Mine: The Arctic as a National Imperative

The following is a guest post by Theresa Lou, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. The Arctic is changing rapidly. It is warming at twice the rate as…

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September 11, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Huge Diamond Mined in South Africa

Diamonds are associated with glamour and South Africa. The Cullinan Mine, east of Pretoria, is famous for diamonds of the huge variety, including the ‘Cullinan Diamond,’ at 3,106 carets, the largest …

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May 16, 2014

Turkey
Weekend Reading: Turkish Mines

Hurriyet Daily News explains the Soma mining disaster in five questions. Murat Aksoy’s sober take on the death of Turkish miners. Michael Koplow has chosen to laugh (rather than cry) in lig…

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August 16, 2016

South Africa
Illegal Mining and the Role of “Zama Zamas” in South Africa

Nathan Birhanu is an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. He is a graduate of Fordham University’s Graduate Program in International Political Economy & Development. I…

Illegal Mining and the Role of Zama Zamas in South Africa

October 15, 2013

Fossil Fuels
The Shale Gas and Tight Oil Boom

Introduction U.S. policymakers have been concerned about the country's dependence on imported energy since World War II. Those concerns were highlighted in the 1970s when episodes of sharply risin…

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September 5, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa Mining Unrest Impacts ANC

The Zuma government is handling poorly the upsurge in mining unrest at the Marikana platinum mine, which is spreading to gold mines near Johannesburg. Julius Malema, expelled African National Congres…

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) addresses striking miners outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg August 22, 2012.

July 26, 2005

Europe
Mining European data

I spent some time over the weekend delving into the Eurozone balance of payments data published by the ECB in its monthly bulletin, looking for insights into the global flow of funds. But to jazz thi…

August 3, 2022

Taiwan
Why China-Taiwan Relations Are So Tense

Taiwan has the potential to be a flash point in U.S.-China relations. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taipei in 2022 heightened tensions.

A helicopter flies a Taiwanese flag through the air.