Critical Minerals Geopolitics and Security

May 2024 No Comments

Speakers: Dr. Morgan Bazilian (Colorado School of Mines) & Gregory Wischer (Dei Gratia Minerals)

Date: 16 May 2024

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Briefing Materials


The Rise of Great Mineral Powers > Air University (AU) > Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs Article Display

The U.S. Military and NATO Face Serious Risks of Mineral Shortages – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Morgan Bazilian is the Director of the Payne Institute for Public Policy and Professor at the Colorado School of Mines. Previously, he was Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank.  Dr. Bazilian holds a Ph.D in energy systems, and was a Fulbright fellow. His work has been published in Science, Nature, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Previously he was a senior diplomat at the United Nations. He was the EU’s lead negotiator on technology at the UN climate negotiations. He is also Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, and a member of Ireland’s Climate Change Council. 

Gregory Wischer is founder and principal of Dei Gratia Minerals, a critical minerals consulting firm. He is also a non-resident fellow at Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines, and a non-resident fellow at the Northern Australia Strategic Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Previously, Greg was executive vice president at an American company building a nickel-cobalt metal refinery in the United States. He writes often on critical mineral supply chains for think tanks, academic journals, and national security outlets. He received his BA in International Business from Boise State University, and he received his MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University.


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