This study examines the intersections between western demand for coltan and the political and economic insecurity that The Democratic Republic of Congo faces. This study attempts to establish a direct relationship between the demand for coltan by western states and the lack of stability in the nation. As the technology industry booms, coltan has been thrust into the spotlight due to its necessary properties for the production of devices. The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the many countries that has become an integral part of this supply chain, as it is a major supplier of coltan. Despite Congo’s possession of such a critical resource, the country consistently ranks low in regard to political institutions and is considered one of the world’s poorest countries. Through the analysis of data, a variety of scholarly articles and studies from political institutions this paper aims to provide a distinct perspective on globalisation and its effects.
Fafa Glover-Tay is a senior at Salem College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Business Administration. Originally from Accra, Ghana, Fafa has spent the last five years living in the United States and exploring all the academic opportunities it has to offer. Due to her diverse background she developed an interest in global policy. Fafa hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in healthcare law.