Cassiterite, coltan, gold ore and wolframite © Rob Lavinsky/wikipedia, Ra‘ike/wikipedia

Raw materials extraction in conflict regions

Metals such as tungsten, tantalum, tin and gold are found in numerous everyday objects – such as microchips, for instance. Today, those metals are known as “conflict resources” because they are extracted in regions where war has been raging for many years. Some people believe that if no one trades with the warring factions, then the conflicts themselves might also peter out. But opinion is divided on how to implement this strategy.

Raw Material Extraction in Conflict Regions: EU Moving Closer to a Decision on Trade in Conflict Resources

Deep in the African earth: raw materials extraction in Rwanda

Participation instead of boycotts

From mine to mouse: the raw materials supply chain