Sanctions, Keeping Things in Perspective

Including the state sponsors of terrorism, 13 countries are targeted with some form of country-based sanctions.   That is just 7% of all countries in the world. An informative website I enjoy reading on a regular basis posted a comment about recent U.S. Government enforcement actions against companies that violate U.S. sanctions laws on Cuba.  It made …

Atoms for What?

Someone should also follow-up on the GAO Report that clearly states that it could not complete its findings on the UAE’s export control program because UAE officials refused to grant the necessary access to conduct the study. Simon Henderson at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy published yesterday, “Atoms for What?  The U.S.-U.A.E. Nuclear Accord.”  Hederson …

U.S./UAE Nuclear Deal Proponents and Opponents Missing One Element, Reform of U.S. Export Control Laws Missing

A proposed nuclear cooperation in the Middle East between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could establish an interesting precedent that impact U.S. security and commercial concerns in the region and beyond.  The Bush Administration penned the U.S.-UAE 123 Agreement during its last month in office.  It is now up to the Obama Administration …

Congressman Markey: U.S.-UAE Nuclear Agreement, Reckless

The Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Sub-Committee on Energy and the Environment added his voice to a quiet but growing effort in the Congress to slow or block the implementation of the recently-signed U.S.-UAE nuclear cooperation agreement. “It’s time to turn the page on the Bush administration’s reckless policy of spreading nuclear technology …

AP: Turkey Holds Iran Shipment to Venezuela

The Associated Press reports that “Turkey was holding a suspicious shipment bound for Venezuela from Iran because it contained lab equipment capable of producing explosives, a customs official said Tuesday.” “Experts from Turkey’s Atomic Institute determined there were no traces of radioactive material, but said the equipment was enough to set up an explosives lab,” …

TSR: The uphill battle for export control reform

From a recent edition of The Space Review:  “One of the most persistent calls for change in space policy in the US in recent years has revolved around export control. Current law puts virtually most space hardware under the jurisdiction of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), an acronym that has become figuratively and …