This Note examines whether the current initiatives to deregulate export controls on computer and telecommunications to Russia pose threats to U.S. national security. Part I reviews the development of unilateral and multilateral controls that prevented the exportation of dual-use commodities to the former Soviet Union. Part II describes the current political and economic situation in Russia. Part II then discusses recent deregulation and pending legislation in the U.S. Congress that would further reduce the controls on computer and telecommunications exports to Russia. Part II also sets forth the arguments for and against deregulation. Part III argues that the instability in Russia warrants the continued restriction of dual-use technology to Russia in order to protect U.S. surveillance efforts and prevent the Russian government from using the technology for military purposes. This Note concludes that the United States must devise an export policy toward Russia that balances the need to eliminate export controls that are hindering U.S. economic competitiveness with U.S. security interests.
Rochelle M. Tarlowe,
Deregulating Dual-Use Exports to Russia: Is U.S. National Security at Risk?,
18 Fordham Int'l L.J. 959
Available at: http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/ilj/vol18/iss3/10