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Cobalt and the EV Supply Chain

Date & Time

Sep. 18, 2023
10:00am – 11:00am ET


Online Only


As the global automobile industry moves rapidly towards full electrification, it has become clear that there are serious challenges in the EV supply chain. 

As part of the Wilson Center’s ongoing focus on the electric vehicle and critical mineral supply chains, we are pleased to present a conversation on the challenges facing the United States in securing sufficient cobalt for EV giga factories currently being constructed across US, North America, and friendly countries.

This will be an in-depth discussion on the current state of cobalt extraction and processing worldwide and the steps needed here in the US to secure the energy transition in the automobile industry. 


Headshot of Michael Blakeney

Michael Blakeney

Head of Government and Public Affairs, Cobalt Institute
Jane Nakano

Jane Nakano

Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition

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Global Europe Program

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