From March 23 to April 03, 2015 four Armenian representatives attended a two-week nonproliferation training class at the University of Georgia’s Security and Strategic Trade Management Academy. The training provided officials from over 10 countries a forum to design regulations and establish institutional procedures for their government and industry to safeguard their dual-use technology and commodities from proliferating states and terrorist groups.
The first week of training examined the international and national context of strategic trade controls. Topics included: the impact of globalization on strategic trade and security threats; international nonproliferation treaties and multilateral trade control regimes; concepts such as catch-all technology transfers; and case studies for dual-use controls.
The second week covered licensing and enforcement. Topics included: end-use review methods, commodity identification, industry outreach and compliance issues; and multi-national efforts to enforce dual-use regulations.
For this training session, the U.S. State Department’s Export Control and Border Security (EXBS) program sponsored three government officials representing the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Security Service and one non-government representative from the Research Center for the Problems of Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Since 2005, EXBS has sponsored over 40 Armenian representatives for this training opportunity.