Author Archives: Xiaodon Liang

New York Jury Convicts Viktor Bout

By Xiaodon Liang and Daryl G. Kimball After two days of deliberations, a New York jury has convicted Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout on multiple conspiracy charges that could lead to his life imprisonment. Bout was found guilty of conspiring … Continue reading

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Viktor Bout and the Tools Needed to Fight Arms Trafficking

By Xiaodon Liang Next week, the world’s most notorious arms trafficker, Viktor Bout, will go on trial in New York. Bout’s case underscores the urgent need for stronger national and international efforts to curb illicit gun running and conventional arms … Continue reading

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Left Hand Tussles With Right as U.S. Arms Persian Gulf States

By Xiaodon Liang As the Libyan summer gives way to an autumn of uncertainty in the Middle East, memories of the policy inconsistencies brought to light by the Arab Spring have apparently faded entirely from the minds of U.S. arms … Continue reading

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Sept. 2011 IAEA Iran Report: Initial Analysis

By Peter Crail The Institute for Science and International Security has posted the latest IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear program. The report provides some additional information about recent developments reported in the media regarding Iran’s installation of centrifuges at the … Continue reading

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The Military Option on Iran: Be Careful What You Wish For

By Peter Crail TIME Magazine has recently highlighted an analysis entitled “Invading Iran: Lessons from Iraq” by Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Leif Eckholm, who works in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (the analysis was … Continue reading

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Middle East Arms Trade: Yemen

By Xiaodon Liang On April 3 the New York Times published a news story citing U.S. administration officials that stated the United States had over the past week adopted a new position calling for the departure from office of Ali … Continue reading

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Update: U.S.-Libya Arms Trade

In a February 3 post, Arms Exporters React to Middle East Unrest , Arms Control Now noted that the United States had not sold military goods to Libya and had maintained a unilateral embargo on arms sales to Col. Gaddafi’s … Continue reading

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