“A thought-provoking book. Using vivid detail...he persuasively explains the danger of underestimating a business that...plays a critical role in systems worth about $4 trillion.”


Remarkable...extremely engaging.

Literary Review


The New Scientist

Fascinating and important.

The Times

His exhaustive research and vivid explanations are alarming and compelling.

Robert C. (Bud) McFarlane

Former National Security Advisor
Fascinating. His warnings and recommendations deserve our attention.

Dennis Blair

Former Director of National Intelligence
A compelling, illuminating, and hugely important analysis...brilliant.

General David H. Petraeus

U.S. Army (Ret.), Chairman, KKR Global Institute
Extraordinary...Although I've written extensively about modern mining and its consequences, I've never read anything that approaches the comprehensive expertise of The Elements of Power...Abraham's reporting deserves special praise.

Pacific Standard

(Tim Heffernan)
Wired (April, 2016)
Royal Society of Chemistry (March, 2016)
Pacific Standard (March, 2016)
The Times (February, 2016)
Literary Review (February, 2016)
The Economist (January, 2016)
The Guardian (January, 2016)
Financial Times (December, 2015)
Financial Times (December, 2015)
GreenBiz (December, 2015)
The New York Times (November, 2015)
The Daily Beast (November, 2015)
The New Scientist (November, 2015)
Investing News (November, 2015)
Minor Metal Trade Association (November, 2015)
Disruptive Technologies Journal (November, 2015)
NPR-AirTalk (November, 2015)
Natural History (October, 2015)


Feb 2 George Mason University, Washington, DC
Feb 5 George Washington University, Washington, DC
Mar 17 The Atlantic Council, Washington, DC
Mar 18 New America Foundation, Washington, DC
Mar 19 National Capital Area Chapter of U.S. Association for Energy Economics, Washington, DC
May 10 University of Toronto, Toronto
May 11 Investor Intel, Toronto
May 17 Cleantech Connected, Antwerp
May 18 Hague Center for Strategic Studies, The Hague
May 19 Chatham House, London
May 20 First European Rare Earth Roundtable, Amsterdam



David S. Abraham runs the Technology, Rare and Electronics Materials Center and is author of The Elements of Power. His career spans from commodities trading and Wall Street to the White House where he oversaw international and natural resource programs. He is a frequent speaker on rare metals and technology demands.

A recipient of numerous fellowships, David researched the rare metal trade at Tokyo University, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Council on Foreign Relations. He also oversaw operations of a clean water non-profit, starting the organization’s operations in Japan and Uganda.

During his career, he has advised investors on resource opportunities, counseled Congressional staff on resource risks, and received a meritorious service award while in government. He has crossed more borders than he cares to count, interviewed hundreds of people throughout the rare metal supply line and, when younger, monitored elections throughout central Asia and eastern Europe.

David has been selected as a Young Leader by numerous international organizations and is currently a Truman National Security Fellow. He holds degrees from Boston College and Tufts University and speaks Lithuanian.


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The New York Times, November 20, 2015.

A Disaster Congress Voted For,”
The New York Times, July 13, 2010.

One if by Land, Billions if by Sea,”
The New York Times, September 14, 2008.
In Tokyo, the Search for Solid Ground,”
The New York Times, March 11, 2011.

"Waiting for Answers,"
The New York Times, September 11, 2009.
China's Stranglehold on U.S. Defense Tech,”
The Daily Beast, November 27, 2015.
Reviving Japan,”
Wall Street Journal Asia, February 11, 2011.
"The War over the Periodic Table,"
Bloomberg View, October 23, 2015.

"The Elements of Power in the Rare Metal Age,"
Bloomberg View, October 21, 2015.
"The Electronifcation of Everything,"
Bloomberg View, October 22, 2015.
On Veterans Day, Feeling the Cost of War,”
The Los Angeles Times, November 11, 2009.
Turning around on Wall Street,”
The Los Angeles Times, September 06, 2009.
"China's New Plan for Economic Domination,"
The Atlantic, May 18, 2011 w/Meredith Ludlow.

"How Bad Communication Is Undermining Japan's
Crisis Response,"

Bloomberg View, March 16, 2011.
"In Japan, Expats Divide on Whether to Stay,"
The Atlantic, March 28, 2011.
"Election Polls and Predictions Vs. Democracy,"
Huffington Post, November, 14, 2012.
U.S. Debt Crisis: Implications for Asia,”
CNN, July 27, 2011 w/Meredith Ludlow.
GOP Plan is the Wrong Way to Reform Government,”
The Baltimore Sun, January 31, 2011.
After the Disaster: The difficult decision to leave Japan,”
The New Republic, March 17, 2011.
Rethinking Japan's Consumer Appeal,”
Forbes, December 28, 2010 w/Ira Wolf.
Water Wells Can Feed Global Peace,”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 19, 2010 w/Michael Breen.
The Battle for New Resources: Minor Minerals in
Green Technologies
The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, March 2012.
"Rare Earth Prices Set to Diverge,"
Procurement Leaders, October 29, 2012.
How to Reshape Post-Crisis Japan,”
Council on Foreign Relations, April 13, 2011
w/Brian Klein.
Will More Drilling Increase U.S. Energy Security?
Council on Foreign Relations, September 30, 2008.


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