What Lies Beneath - Critical Minerals, Trade Policy & National Security
12 PM EST
Location: ABA Offices, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036
5th Floor – John Marshall A Conference Room
Non-fuel minerals like cobalt, graphite, rare earth elements, and tungsten are and have for years been essential inputs in the manufacture of consumer electronics, electric vehicles, medical devices, and defense articles. The U.S. government and foreign authorities have long understood the strategic significance of these natural resources and have taken some measures to encourage their availability in sufficient quantities to domestic industry.
More recently, governments have become more vocal and proactive in their efforts. The Trump Administration in particular, citing “national security” and “economic security,” has taken steps to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign sources of “critical minerals.” The Administration has also imposed and proposed tariffs on some essential non-fuel minerals from China, with the effect of raising costs without provision for alternative sources in the near term. The Administration’s actions and proposed actions raise interesting questions about its future plans, which likely will entail U.S. international trade law and policy, as well as the President’s national security authorities.
Our speakers will discuss the role of critical minerals in modern manufacturing and supply chains, recent U.S. and international developments, and the nexuses in the United States between critical minerals, international trade policy, and national security.