In recent decades the world has gradually understood the importance of transitioning to a clean energy economy, buoyed by the prospective of catastrophic environmental collapse. However, few know that this transition largely rests on the employment of a few critical minerals whose global demand is set to skyrocket in the near future. Of particular importance in this case are the so called “rare earth” minerals, which have been at the center of US-China tensions on trade and technology in the recent decade. This article will give a brief account of the current situation regarding the rare earth elements supply chain and how it has been at the center of Us-China competition.
- In the present world computers, cars, phones, televisions, refrigerators have become commodities which are so present that it is difficult for many to imagine a life without them. All these items work thanks to tiny devices called semiconductors. But what are they? How are they produced? And how have they ended up at the center of the present US-China trade war? This article will attempt to give a brief account of the present US-China competition on semiconductors, how it is affected by external factors like the Covid-19 pandemic, and what it might entail for the future.
- Yes, liberal democracies do need to build up a cohesive alliance to counter the threats – militarily and in the war of ideas – that are posed by aggressive authoritarianism, but without falling into two dangerous pitfalls – the author of How Democracies Die warns: to inadvertently bring all illiberal regimes into a united geopolitical front, and to think that the threat of personalistic despotism is just somewhere “out there”, and not also within the fragile corps of Western democracies themselves.
- A joint statement on “limitless friendship” between Russia and China looks old after just one month, as Beijing reconsiders its geopolitical stance in light of its dearest foreign policy princples. An analysis by Prof. Sean Golden
- Competition between European and Chinese investments in Africa has become fiercer. Can African nations turn that into new opportunities for sound growth?
- As ordinary Afghans struggle to find food and medecines, the Emirate desperately looks for international recognition, and aid. Reportage from Kabul.
- The failure of America’s military mission to Afghanistan – just like the former Soviet one – now leaves room to test China’s different approach to international affairs. Can it deliver any progress to a disgraced country?
- The Uyghurs’ struggle against repression by China has recently gained international media attention, but is centuries old. Here’s the whole story.
- A large-scale cultural/physical repression project, and what the international community should do about it. The president of the World Uyghur Congress speaks with ResetDOC on the occasion of the opening of the Uyghur Tribunal, a quasi-judicial organization set up to gather evidence of human rights abuses and genocide by the Chinese government on the Uyghur population.
- A reflection on the changing international scenario after the pandemic by former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, building on the legacy of this year’s Venice Seminars.