Export Controls Voyeurism, Taiwan and Iran

Earlier today I was reading posts on Andrea Viski’s Nuclear Export Controls blog, and eventually found my way to item on another site related to Taiwan export control issues and Iran. There is a short story in today’s Tapei Times based on a recently-released WikiLeaks cable. The article, US worried over Taiwan’s exports to Iran, offers a …

Economic Sanctions, Expect More Use of them

For decades, critics of U.S. policy toward Cuba have harped about the failure of economic sanctions. I’ve found that the best rejoinder, to which they can never answer, is that economic sanctions are not a “policy” but a tool.  Anyhow, Harvard’s Joseph Nye has a thoughtful piece in today’s Financial Times on economic sanctions that …

House Democrats Reportedly Trying to Dampen Export Control Reform Efforts

To my readers outside the beltway, and those in DC that have no interest in technical wonky stuff, click here (the Congress somehow seems that way sometimes, click the link to find out). Export control reform – something that should be called trade security – is not the thing of mainstream news, but the implications for …

Chinese Nationals Plead Guilty to Violating U.S. Export Control Laws

According to numerous news reports two Chinese nationals have admitted to violating the Arms Export Control Act by conspiring to smuggle thousands of military grade radiation-hardened microchips to the People’s Republic of China. You can read more about it at The Washington Post website. Cases such as these are things to keep in mind when the …

Cost of Business with Rogue Regimes, Sanctions Work

Even though most U.S.-Libya economic sanctions had been eased when the events detailed in this Wall Street Journal article took place, it is a good example of why doing business with rogue regimes can be a gamble.  Read “Libya’s Goldman Dalliance Ends in Losses, Acrimony,” here. Snippets such as these also serve as a reminder …

USG Bags Texan in a Sudan Burlap Handbag Transaction

Every now and then, the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) — the agency that enforces U.S. sanctions against rogue regimes, individuals, and entities — publishes an interesting enforcement action that is worth a mention. These OFAC enforcement reports are not rich on details, but that is what makes them an interesting read …

Congress to Tackle Export Controls and Oversight of the Reform Process

In less than two weeks Members of Congress will, finally, join in on the export control reform dialogue that the Obama Administration initiated in August 2009. The Export Control Reform Initiative (ECR Initiative) builds upon an inter-agency review process and is supposed “to enhance U.S. national security and strengthen the United States’ ability to counter threats …