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Rare earths and geopolitics: A conversation with David Abraham

Monday, December 14, 2015   20:00 - 22:00

  • David Abraham (Director, Technology, Rare and Electronics Materials Center)

Our future hinges on a set of elements that few of us have even heard of. In this talk, David Abraham will explain what rare metals are and why they matter. These metals have become the building blocks of modern society; their properties are now essential for nearly all our electronic, military, and “green” technologies. But their growing use is not without environmental, economic, and geopolitical consequences, especially in Asia.

These materials are increasingly playing a significant role in global affairs, conferring strength to countries and companies that can ensure sustainable supplies.  And as China is the largest producer of many of these materials, and Japan, the largest importer, challenges abound when our green and high-tech ambitions grow, and two billion voracious consumers in the developing world enter the middle class.

If you are interested please RSVP to icas@tuj.temple.edu.  We will provide location info. to those who will be able to join.

Date & Time:
Monday, December 14, 2015   20:00 - 22:00
Required. Contact ICAS (icas@tuj.temple.edu) to register.


David Abraham

Director, Technology, Rare and Electronics Materials Center

David spent five years travelling through ten countries to understand the resources of the future.  He oversees the Technology, Rare and Electronic Materials Center and author of The Elements of Power (Yale University Press, 2015)   Previously, he analyzed risk on Wall Street and at a commodity-trading firm, oversaw natural-resources programs at the Office of Management and Budget, and ran a water-focused NGO in Africa. He was at Tokyo University and Japan’s Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry as part of his Council on Foreign Relations – Hitachi Fellowship.