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PBS Need to Know | "In Response: Conflict Minerals"


In an earlier episode, Need to Know covered recent violence in the Congo and how it is tied to conflict minerals. In response to viewer questions, they discuss why it is so difficult to trace conflict minerals through the global supply chain.

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Map Location: Congo

Comprehensive Questions

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How does Congo's mineral wealth contribute to their violence, and how does this tie in with the idea of the "resource curse"?
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It is very hard to trace the origins of these minerals. Why might we consider this a problem of a globalized political economy?
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Do the potential solutions discussed in the video call for a strengthening or weakening of state power?
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Multiple-Choice Questions

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As discussed by the video, Congo’s mineral wealth is often used in
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It is very hard to guarantee that Congo’s conflict minerals do not wind up in consumer products because
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The Council on Foreign Relations | How Globalization Affects Transnational Crime


CFR Senior Fellow Stewart M. Patrick and Dr. Phil Williams discuss how globalization had led to an explosion of transnational crime. They also discuss the link between transnational crime and terrorist groups and the challenges in combating these threats.



Map Location: USA

Comprehensive Questions

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Why has globalization contributed to a rise in international crime?
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Williams describes transnational terrorist and crime groups as "sovereignty-free actors." Why do states have such difficulties dealing with these types of groups?
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What are some of the problems associated with finding a multilateral solution to transnational crime? What are some of the problems associated with state-based solutions?
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Multiple-Choice Questions

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When discussing the link between transnational terrorism and international crime, Williams argues that for the most part
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According to Williams, transnational crime groups prefer to operate in which type of states?

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