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Nicholas Kaiga and Transhipment of Aluminium Tubes Possibly Destined for Iran’s Nuclear Programme

Key Points:

    • Between 2007 and 2012, entities thought to be controlled by Iran sought large quantities of Aluminium tube controlled because of possible use in nuclear and missile programmes;
    • Sometime after a US export licence to Malaysia for the shipment was refused, a European individual was allegedly co-opted into helping to evade US export controls;
    • The goods were substituted for low-risk alternatives in order to facilitate a prosecution;
    • The individual, Nicholas Kaiga, has been arrested in the US and faces up to 20 years in prison;
    • The case provides an example of various elements of the successful implementation of trade controls to prevent proliferation.

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Iran nuclear negotiations extended, but don’t forget about illicit procurement

Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries (US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany) concluded on Monday without a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme being reached, but the negotiating parties have agreed to extend their discussions into 2015. Continue reading Iran nuclear negotiations extended, but don’t forget about illicit procurement

On terrorism sanctions: Project Alpha in The Conversation

The UK and US are out of step on terror listings, and that’s probably fine

By Nick Gillard, King’s College London and Ian J. Stewart, King’s College London

The UK government is planning one of the biggest shake-ups of counter-terrorism legislation in a decade. Home Secretary Theresa May is planning to prohibit insurers from reimbursing ransoms paid out to terrorists – and that’s just the first of many planned new measures. Continue reading On terrorism sanctions: Project Alpha in The Conversation

Procurement of Pressure Transducer via Ebay From China

Alpha has spent a great deal of time working with manufacturers and exporters of proliferation-sensitive goods in order to reduce the risks that their products will reach programmes of concern. This work is important – for example, see the recent case study involving MKS instruments. However, it is not only goods that are shipped from a factory that present proliferation risks: goods sold via distributors and second hand items can also. Continue reading Procurement of Pressure Transducer via Ebay From China