Conflict Resources – What are we fighting over?
YouTube recording with Alphonse Muambi available starting Tuesday, March 16th 2021 @ 12:40
Online discussion for students & staff: Tuesday, March 16th 2021 @19:00 (link TBA)
Wars have been fought over land, water, and other resources since the dawn of history. This past century saw oil become the greatest source of conflict. But in the age of IT technology, our civilization has developed different needs. The rare minerals in our phones, our chips, and batteries, for example, are largely mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While fueling global development, this demand has also fueled decades of conflict in Western Africa.
Dutch-Congolese author Alphonse Muambi provides first-hand knowledge and experience of the past and present conflicts in resource rich countries like Congo, Niger, and Mali.
SG presents: The World at War series
In this series of talks, different thinkers explore the meaning of conflict in our times.
No longer a ‘great game’ of nation states declaring war, invading, and taking land, global aggression in our time takes place through trade, hacking, and proxies. Far from home, or hidden online, it remains largely unseen by us in the Netherlands. And yet ‘war’ in the sense of conflict is everywhere. Immigration, natural resource extractivism, the war on terror, the war on corona, the rise of the Chinese economy, climate change, and a multitude of cultural conflicts beg the question: what is war in the 21st century? And why do we fight?
The World at War series will be launched as pre-recorded lectures on YouTube on Tuesdays in March and May 2021. Live online discussion sessions will be organized on Tuesday evenings via VOX Delft, the open discussion platform of the TU Delft. More information TBA.