Implications of Competition for Strategic Minerals in Africa
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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Increased commodities demand symptomatic to globalization offer the United States a strategic opportunity to broaden and deepen its strategic partnership with Africa to the benefit of both sides. Specifically, increasing demand for a host of strategic minerals brings the promise and threat of greater exploitation of natural resources to Africa. This paper will explore the strategic implications of that trend to the U.S.-Africa partnership by focusing on strategic, non-energy minerals.