"The Geopolitics of Materials" Now Available Online

March 18th 2020 - 12:00

Now available online is Critical Materials: Underlying Causes and Sustainable Mitigation Strategies, which features a chapter by HCSS’s Michel Rademaker entitled “The Geopolitics of Materials: How Population Growth, Economic Development and Changing Consumption Patterns Fuel Geopolitics”.  In it, he discusses the impact that the shifting supply and demand of natural resources will have on geopolitical relations in the future, particularly how increasing competition will lead to resource nationalism. This may contribute to a shift in the balance of power between East and West as emerging economies like India and China leverage their resources to expedite their economic growth and accelerate the change in world order.

You can find the chapter by clicking here, and you can access the full book here.

Michel Rademaker is the deputy Director of HCSS. He has fifteen years of hands-on experience as an officer in The Royal Netherlands Army, where he held various military operational and staff posts and also served a term in former Yugoslavia. He has a masters degree obtained at the University of Tilburg. After leaving the armed forces, Mr. Rademaker went on to work at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) as a project and program manager and senior policy advisor on security topics for ten years. Eg. as NATO RTO project leader, he and his team developed serious gaming assessment methods and conducted several assessments of security technologies, and worked on numerous strategic security topics.