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The Political Economy of Rare Earth Elements

Rising Powers and Technological Change

  • Ryan David Kiggins

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

About this book


The contributors argue that rare earths are essential to the information technology revolution on which humans have come to depend for communication, commerce, and, increasingly, engage in conflict. They demonstrate that rare earths are a strategic commodity over which political actors will and do struggle for control.


Rare Earths Environmental Security Economic Security Security China Green technology internet cyber security economy Europe foundation Information Technology (IT) political economy supply chain

Editors and affiliations

  • Ryan David Kiggins
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Central OklahomaUSA

About the editors

Jost Wübbeke, Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin, Germany. Steve Dobransky, Independent Researcher. Kyoko Hatakeyama, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan. Sean Noah Walsh, Capital University, USA. Maximilian Rech, ESSCA School of Management, China. Fanny Verrax, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France. Michael Skinner, York University, Canada. Julie Klinger, University of California, Berkley, USA. Mauro J. Caraccioli, University of Florida, USA. Louis Furmanski, University of Central Oklahoma USA.

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