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Seattle resident Yuri Montgomery (aka, Yuri Malinkovski) received a New Year’s present of sorts from Uncle Sam. He was slapped with a $340,000 civil penalty and was banned from exporting from the U.S. for 30 years. If he behaves for ten years, the government will only require an up front payment $17,500. The balance of …

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Nuclear proliferator AQ Khan will not appeal a court decision that curbs his movement and other freedoms.  Meanwhile the former Pakistani Ambassador to Germany says civilian nuclear talks with U.S. not on the table, export controls and the U.S. Congress a barrier. WikiLeaks editors complain that it WikiLeaks “has been the subject of hostile acts by security …

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Over at the Export Law Blog, Clif Burns pens on a speech by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on export control reforms.   While it made a whole lot of sense in the mid 1990s to reform the old export control system – Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls – I still think the current system is …

In the News …

The Hill reports that House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) may be “pressing ahead with an overhaul of measures intended to safeguard the export of sensitive technologies.”  Interesting article as far as political statements, but little on substance.   Labeling export control laws a “Cold War relic” has become a cliché used as a …

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The Pentagon will spearhead a review of export control laws and regulations, while the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman plans to introduce legislation on the same matter.  The talisman will be waved again? Clif Burns at the ExportLawBlog tells us how “Sparky Stays Home“. Meanwhile across the pond, the UK Export Control Office has published …

The Export Control Reform Talisman, Latest Iteration

The White House Press Secretary issued a statement last week that President Obama “has directed that the NEC/NSC launch a broad-based interagency process for reviewing the overall U.S. export control system, including both the dual-use and defense trade processes.” Is it real this time?  Sources on the Hill are split on this issue and whether …