Back in 2009 resource security was still a niche confined to a handful of experts. Since then, it has dramatically entered the mainstream. Policymakers all over the world have finally understood the relevance of raw materials as an essential pillar of any comprehensive industrial policy. Hitherto little known minerals, such as the rare earth elements, have received ample coverage by the media. Having turned into a topic of regular political small talk, no self-respecting consultancy or think tank can today afford to ignore this issue.