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June 30, 2022

Cyber Week in Review: June 30, 2022

Iranian Steel Mills Targeted in Cyberattack; Spyware Found in Italy and Kazakhstan; Italy Bans Google Analytics; Hackers Steal Over $100 Million in Cryptocurrency; New Chinese Disinformation Campaign…

Ali Khamenei stands in front of a portrait over himself with his hand over his lapel.

May 14, 2020

The Elements Unfold: A Possible Bottom to Oil Prices

The process of going into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has been revealing, especially in regards to oil. There are many elements to the smooth operation of global oil logistics that are n…

Crude oil storage tanks are seen in an aerial photograph at the Cushing oil hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S. April 21, 2020.

March 31, 2020

South Korea
U.S.-ROK OPCON Transition: The Element of Timing

Determination of the transfer should be driven by a hard, thorough diagnosis of military capabilities against emerging threats.

A member of South Korea Special Warfare Command takes part in a joint military exercise conducted by South Korean and U.S. special forces troops at Gunsan Air Force base in Gunsan, South Korea, on November 14, 2019.

August 4, 2022

As China Punishes Taiwan for Pelosi’s Visit, What Comes Next?

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the first speaker in twenty-five years to visit Taiwan.

Speaker of the U.S. House Of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), left, poses for photographs with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, right, at the president's office on August 03, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan. Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday as part of a tour of Asia aimed at reassuring allies in the region, as China made it clear that her visit to Taiwan would be seen in a negative light.

July 7, 2011

China Rare Earths: The Saga Continues

A worker holds one of scrap mobile phones, at a recycling facility of Re-Tem Corp, in Tokyo on October 15, 2010. Re-Tem Corp researches and develops the recycling of rare earth metals vital to the pr…

A worker holds one of scrap mobile phones, at a recycling facility of Re-Tem Corp, in Tokyo on October 15, 2010. Re-Tem Corp researches and develops the recycling of rare earth metals vital to the production of electronics. Japanese high-tech companies face higher input costs for rare earth metals as dominant supplier China curbs exports.

July 13, 2022

Democratic Republic of Congo
From Climate Change to Regional Security, the DRC Looms Large

The future of the Democratic Republic of Congo is as consequential as the country is complicated.

Democratic Republic of the Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi speaks during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)

October 23, 2014

Does China Have a Rare Earth Weapon?

It’s been four years since China cut sales of rare earth elements (REEs) to Japan during a naval standoff between the two powers.  Panic spread to markets and governments as people tried to figure ou…


March 14, 2012

Morning Brief: China’s Rare Earth Policy Challenged at WTO

The United States, Europe, and Japan challenged China’s export restrictions of rare earth elements at the WTO (WSJ). The complaint alleges that the restrictions give Chinese manufacturers an unfair a…

Pipes coming from a rare earth smelting plant spew polluted water into a vast tailings dam near Xinguang Village, located in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters).

October 23, 2010

China and Rare Earth Metals: the good, the bad and the not as ugly as it seems

Getting the facts straight never hurts, and every once in a while it really matters. The current brouhaha over China’s decision to cut its exports of rare earths falls in the latter category.  So her…

Labourers work at the site of a rare earth metals mine in Nancheng county, Jiangxi province October 20, 2010. China on Wednesday denied a report that the government plans to slash export quotas of rare earth metals next year, seeking to ease international jitters about China’s stranglehold on supplies. REUTERS/Stringer

March 2, 2020

Global Commons
A Responsibility to Protect the Earth? Reframing Sovereignty in the Anthropocene

Protecting the biosphere requires new conceptions of sovereign obligation.

Two hands hold a globe in the foreground as climate activists march and display signs in support of the Fridays for Future movement.