David Abraham

Senior Fellow, Resource Security

David Abraham is a senior fellow in the Resource Security program at New America. Abraham is a natural resource strategist who analyzed risk on Wall Street and at a commodity-trading firm, oversaw natural-resources programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget, and ran a water-focused NGO in Africa. He spent several years traveling the world to understand how a new green and industrial era is changing resource needs which culminated in the book, The Elements of Power (Yale University Press, 2015).

He oversees the Technology, Rare and Electronics Materials Center and advises companies on resource risk. During his career, Abraham has held fellowships with numerous institutions including the Council on Foreign Relations, Tokyo University, and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal Asia, among others.

Widely traveled, Abraham splits his time between New York and Indonesia, where he co-founded Outpost, a co-working space for those looking to be productive while living in idyllic locales. A graduate of Tufts University and Boston College, he speaks Lithuanian, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

All Work

RESOURCE SECURITY
Made in China 2025 and the Remaking of Global Supply Lines

Under the radar acquisition of component manufacturer highlights a reshaping global supply lines.


RESOURCE SECURITY
In the Global Race for Rare Metals, Team China Wins Gold

David Abraham co-authored an article with Dylan McFarlane and Robert Pell about China's advantage in Rare metals.


RESOURCE SECURITY
Beijing Doesn’t Care about Japan’s Heavy Rare-Earth-Free Magnet

While the US and Japan shy away from using rare earths, China, to its benefit, uses more.