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Strategic Minerals and Stability in Africa
 
Command Sergeant Major Mark Ripka, senior enlisted advisor for U.S. Africa Command, visits convoy operations training being conducted with East African partner nations (Photo: SPC Jason Nolte )  

 

MINERALS STRATEGIC IMPACT ON REGIONAL STABIITY IN AFRICA

Lee E. Hansen
Colonel, United States Army

USAWC Class of 2007

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

Recent studies indicate that both states and warlords have been mining minerals to finance armed movements. This US Army War College student author explores the potential impact that gold, diamonds, and columbite-tantalite (coltan) have on regional stability in Africa.


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