The Geopolitics of Critical Materials: The Role of Central Asia

Central Asia and Caucasus Seminar
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The energy transition is causing a surge in demand for minerals for clean energy technologies, giving rise to concerns about the sources and security of supplies of critical materials. Central Asia has vast deposits of critical materials. The seminar will shed light on the Central Asian mineral resource base and assess its current and potential contributions to global supply chains. It will explore whether Central Asia can become a new hotspot for mineral extraction and a major global supplier of selected critical materials for clean energy technologies. It will also discuss the rising tensions and competition over critical materials between China, the EU, and the US and possible implications for Central Asia.

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Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)


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