The South Caucasus: A chance for America to prove it’s back
One year ago, the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan ended with a cease-fire brokered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, on the one-year anniversary I saw Azerbaijanis celebrating, waving flags, blowing car horns along the boulevard that runs along the Caspian.
Don’t let foreign countries control America’s titanium supply
In September 2010, a Chinese trawler collided with Japanese patrol boats in the East China Sea, a region claimed by both countries. In the wake of the accident, China, which owns 97% of the world’s rare earth sources, cut off rare-earth sales to Japan. Prices for Japanese-made electronics, which utilize rare earths, soared. Trade of these vital rare earths did not return to normal for five years.