On 2 March, Project Alpha at King’s College London published a catalogue that follows its 2016 report on the utility of intangible technology transfer (ITT) in managing the spread of proliferation-relevant technologies.  The catalogue includes 20 cases from countries with the most advanced research capabilities and know-how including the US, UK, Australia, and in Europe.  This is said to come amid government concerns about theft of technology from universities and research institutes by proliferators and follows a report published by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) which highlighted how China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is expanding its research collaboration with universities outside of China.  The cases catalogued –

  • Chinese scientists with Iranian supervisors carrying out research on hypersonic missile flight control algorithms in Norway;
  • highlight an example of best practice adopted by research institutes;
  • demonstrate the complications and difficulties involved with signing agreements with Chinese state-owned entities;
  • highlight the importance of doing a sanctioned entity check before entering into cooperation agreements with foreign entities;
  • demonstrate the need for caution around publishing research that may be subject to export controls; and
  • show the crucial need for training in academia on export control requirements.

The 2016 report from Project Alpha on the use of ITT in managing the spread of proliferation-relevant technologies is available at –

The 2018 Australian report is available at –

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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