Regulating 'blood minerals': Why the controversy?

In last week's Embassy, professor Rita Abrahamsen authored an article, "Stopping 'blood cellphones': A too-easy fix." She said that the idea of ending conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo by curbing the trade in conflict minerals is "seductive—and dangerously simplistic." The article was misleading on several important points.

Ian Smillie
Published: Wednesday, 11/16/2011 12:00 am EST

In last week's Embassy, professor Rita Abrahamsen authored an article, "Stopping 'blood cellphones': A too-easy fix." She said that the idea of ending conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo by curbing the trade in conflict minerals is "seductive—and dangerously simplistic." The article was misleading on several important points.

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