Project Alpha works to understand and counter illicit, proliferation-related trade.
This involves three strands of work:
- Research and activities on illicit trade, non-proliferation, and sanctions;
- Improving the implementation of trade controls by governments and the private sector, including to international capacity-building projects such as the European Union’s Partner-to-Partner (P2P) export control program;
- Informing and improving international efforts to prevent proliferation through policy analysis, capacity-building and policy recommendations.
Project Alpha’s research and activities on illicit trade, non-proliferation, and sanctions include:
- Researching and publishing examples of illicit trade through the Alpha case studies series;
- Researching the manufacturing base of proliferation-sensitive items in order to understand the size, shape and technical capability of the supply chain;
- Publishing research findings in peer-reviewed publications;
- Creating tools and visualisations based on in-depth open source research;
- Research and analysis including on the effectiveness of sanctions and best practice for the creation and enforcement of sanctions;
- Running workshops and training exercises on sanctions implementation and designation processes, including using open source evidence.
To improve the implementation of trade controls, Project Alpha is engaged in the following activities:
- Export control capacity-building worldwide as an implementation partner in the EU Partner-to-Partner programme on dual-use export controls;
- Conducting industry outreach in the UK in partnership with the Export Control Organisation and other relevant Departments.
- Providing a variety of services to business, including e-learning, training and consultancy;
- Maintaining a ‘Partners Initiative’ linked to the NSG good practice guidance to encourage companies to be proactive in preventing proliferation-related trade.
Project Alpha supports and informs efforts to optimise non-proliferation regime by:
- Supporting implementation of relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions, including Security Council Resolution 1540;
- Supporting the IAEA, including with implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran;
- Providing support to institutions like the EU and UN, including the UN Panels of Experts for relevant sanction regimes.