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Report: Coltan, Congo and Conflict

5 June 2013

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is launching a new report today, Coltan, Congo and Conflict. The report evaluates the links between coltan trade and violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and examines the potential for recent legislation to break such links and reduce conflict. The main conclusion of the report is that policy initiatives aimed at reducing the trade of minerals from conflict regions are likely to have limited effectiveness.

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Artur Usanov

Artur Usanov is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He is also currently finishing his doctoral dissertation in policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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Marjolein de Ridder

Marjolein de Ridder is a strategic analyst at HCSS. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Leuven and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and the Clingendael Institute.

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Willem Auping

Willem Auping is a strategic analyst at HCSS and external PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). He holds a master’s degree (MSc) from the TU Delft faculty Technology, Policy, and Management, with a specialization in modeling, simulation, and gaming. Next to his work,

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