Author Biography

Shane Bilsborough is a research assistant at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University and is an M.A. in Security Studies candidate at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He has made numerous contributions to both private and public sector strategic analyses and has published in the Small Wars Journal.



Subject Area Keywords

China, Economics, Natural resources and security


Drawing on literature in China studies, strategic theory, and expert interviews, this article analyzes the possibility of "rare earths" being leveraged by the People's Republic of China (PRC) in a crisis. The evidence suggests China's position in the rare earths market could constitute a significant security liability for the United States. It also seems that even if coercion fails to materialize, China's rare earths policies have the potential to intensify security dilemmas in Sino-American relations.