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Danger to U.S. Defense Industry: China’s Monopoly Control of Rare Earths

By   /  August 17, 2016  /  Economy / Trade  /  No Comments

“Rare earths” refer to seventeen metals found on the periodic table of elements that are important ingredients in some of the most advanced and desired consumer technologies, including cell phones, motors for hybrid vehicles, LED lights, and solar panels. Even more importantly, they are also crucial to national defense being necessary elements in advanced defense […]

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Economics and Tech Giants in Sino-American Relations

By   /  January 6, 2016  /  Cybersecurity, Economy / Trade, International Law  /  No Comments

Thinking of China and Chinese history, certain things come immediately to mind. The Great Leap Forward, an economic and social campaign under Mao Zedong aimed at rapidly industrializing the country’s agrarian economy is an event most have heard of. Many of us have also heard of the Great Fire Wall, a legislative tool used by […]

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Frack you, Putin

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  Economy / Trade, Foreign Relations  /  No Comments

Russia is a net exporter of oil, with mineral fuels comprising almost 60% of Russia’s dollar value gained from exports.  This dependence on one export product, while lucrative in the short term, creates the danger of a drastic reversal of fortunes should market forces cause a sharp decline in price.  Ordinarily, a cut in revenue might lead […]

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NSLB's 2014 Spring Symposium: Understanding the Global Implications of the N.S.A. Disclosures on the U.S. Technology Industry

By   /  March 29, 2014  /  Big Data, Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Economy / Trade, Experts, Featured, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, News & Events  /  No Comments

Understanding the Global Implications of the N.S.A. Disclosures on the U.S. Technology Industry Monday, April 7, 2014 – 3:00 to 5:00 PM followed by a reception from 5:00 to 6:00 PM Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center – 901 K Street NW (11th Floor) Washington, DC brought to you by the National Security Law Brief, American University Washington […]

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Balancing Benefit and Burden in National Security: Rare Earth Metal Export Restrictions

By   /  March 27, 2014  /  Economy / Trade, Foreign Relations  /  No Comments

International trade has become a crucial variable of our nation’s national security.[1]  By monitoring international trade regulations and implications, for example, the United States can accurately assess certain risks to economic national security.[2]  Due to low environmental and safety standards, China currently monopolizes the rare earth metal (REM) market, exporting approximately 90% of the international […]

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