Blogs & Opinion


A Major Revamp, if Not Repeal, in the Works for the SEC's Conflict Minerals Rule

22 February 2017 | Laura Tieger-Salisbury

Electronics companies such as Intel, Apple and HP won't be affected by the latest attempt to kill—the "conflicts minerals" rule. Dynda Thomas, partner and leader of the conflict minerals team at Sq...

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The Mosul Operation: An Interim Open-Source Assessment of Conflict-Related Environmental Damage

21 February 2017 | Wim Zwijnenburg

As the Mosul Operations slowly progress, a myriad of open-source information is emerging from both Ninawa province and other areas where intense fighting took place earlier indicating that the ongoing...

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A Long and Winding Road Ends for Resource Extraction Disclosure

20 February 2017 | Kimberley Anderson

On February 14, 2017, President Trump approved a joint resolution of Congress that disapproves the SEC’s rule requiring specific disclosures by resource extraction issuers, effectively repealing the...

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Water Wars: Rediscovering the Status Quo in the South China Sea

17 February 2017 | Jared Dummitt and Eliot Kim

China continued to react critically to the Trump administration’s emerging position on the South China Sea.  Responding to a joint statement by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe that confirme...

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The De Facto Embargo is Over: Record-High Conflict-Free Minerals Exports from Eastern Congo

16 February 2017 | Annie Callaway and Sasha Lezhnev

The conflict-free minerals trade has been slowly but steadily increasing in recent years, and 2016 resulted in record-high exports from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo once again. The North K...

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Land at the Heart of Myanmar’s Transition: Part 2

15 February 2017 | Anna Wellenstein

In part 1, we discussed some of the major land-related challenges facing Myanmar’s transition and development. In fact, resolving outstanding land issues will help the country achieve social cohesio...

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2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings

14 February 2017 | Enough Project

Companies, governments, and activists have contributed to important progress to end the conflict minerals trade, but there is an urgent need to continue working on this issue, as armed groups still pr...

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Tackling Deforestation in Liberia: A Quest For Greener Future

14 February 2017 | Stephen B. Lavalah and Ambulai Johnson

Liberia’s forest is under serious threat.  There are massive legal and illegal logging activities everywhere in the forest. Chainsawing is at its highest level.  Protected forest areas are being i...

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Turning Afghan Opium Ills to Good

13 February 2017 | Hamish McDonald

Is it time to revisit plans to license some of the deadly crop?   More than 15 years after the Western coalition ousted Afghanistan's Taliban regime, the scourge of illicit opium still dogs the count...

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Sierra Leone News: Land Acquisition, Mining and Foreign Investment Threatens Food Security

10 February 2017 | Awoko

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Africa has found itself in the midst of a new wave of colonization. As if the fact that the people, labor force, mines and petroleum of the old continent were...

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