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What Better Looks Like: Breaking the Critical Minerals Resource Curse

Date & Time

Oct. 4, 2022
11:00am – 12:30pm ET




The global thirst for hydrocarbons has left pollution, corruption, and war in its wake for more than a half century. Today, a new class of critical minerals are fast displacing petroleum as the powerhouse of the global economy—is this just another resource curse, or is there a better way?

Join the Wilson Center and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an expert discussion on what better looks like when it comes to mining, processing, recycling, and consuming critical minerals such as lithium, cobalt, niobium, and titanium.

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Lauren Herzer Risi

Lauren Herzer Risi

Program Director, Environmental Change and Security Program

Kimberly Thompson

Senior Advisor, Natural Resource Governance & Conflict and Industry Lead for Mining, Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure, U.S. Agency for International Development


Aimee Boulanger

Executive Director, Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)

Amayèle Dia

Senior Protection Program Officer, Mines to Market (M2M), Pact

Christopher Smith

Chief Government Affairs Officer, Ford
Image - Helaina Matza

Helaina Matza

Director, Office of Energy Transformation, U.S. Department of State

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