FAS Roundup: June 25, 2012

By June 25, 2012

FAS issue brief and podcast on sanctions in Iran and North Korea, new CRS reports and much more.

Sanctions and Nonproliferation in Iran and North Korea

This week, FAS released a new issue brief, “Sanctions and Nonproliferation in North Korea and Iran,” co-authored by Mr. Daniel Wertz, Program Officer at the National Committee on North Korea, and Dr. Ali Vaez, former Director of the Iran Project at FAS, which offers a comparative analysis of U.S. policy towards Iran and North Korea.

Sanctions have played a major role in U.S. efforts for the denuclearization in Iran and North Korea. U.S. policymakers have had to find a balance between concerns over proliferation and other undesirable policies; between taking coercive action and considering humanitarian needs; and between taking immediate unilateral measures and seeking to build coalitions for a multilateral approach.

You can read the report here.

In a new edition of the FAS podcast series, “A Conversation with an Expert,” co-author Daniel Wertz discusses the similarities and differences in sanctions against North Korea and Iran,  the relationship between U.S. and UN sanctions, and China’s role as a trading partner with both countries.

To listen to the podcast, click here.

From the Blogs

  • State Secrets Protection Act Introduced in House: A bill “to provide safe, fair, and responsible procedures and standards for resolving claims of state secrets privilege” was introduced in the House of Representatives this week by Rep. Jerrold Nadler and several Democratic colleagues. Essentially, the bill (HR 5956) would require courts to render an independent assessment of the validity of a government assertion of the state secrets privilege, rather than simply deferring to the claim.  When the privilege is properly asserted, courts would be required to consider the feasibility of introducing non-privileged substitutes for privileged evidence.
  • DNI Directive Seeks to Tighten Protection of Intelligence: Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper issued a directive earlier this month to improve the protection of intelligence information and to help prevent unauthorized disclosures. The newly revised Intelligence Community Directive 700 requires a new degree of collaboration between counterintelligence and security activities.  While counterintelligence (CI) was scarcely mentioned in the previous version of the policy on protecting intelligence in 2007, it is now being elevated to a central role and integrated with security.
  • Kiriakou Calls Leak Prosecution Selective, Vindictive: Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who is charged with unauthorized disclosure of a covert officer’s identity and other classified information, says that the case against him is driven by government animosity, and that he is a target of selective prosecution. In a newly disclosed motion for dismissal, Mr. Kiriakou’s attorneys state that “when White House aides leaked stories about the heroes who killed Osama Bin Laden, they were not prosecuted.  When the Washington Post was granted access to the covert director of the CTC for a profile of those directing America’s ‘war on terror,’ no one was prosecuted. But when John Kiriakou gave an interview where he admitted the United States used waterboarding and when he further opined that waterboarding was ineffective, the government went after him.” A government response to the defense motions is due by July 2.


  • FAS President Charles D. Ferguson spoke on a panel at the United States Nuclear Infrastructure Council’s summit on new nuclear energy outlook and opportunities in Washington, DC on June 19, 2012. Dr. Ferguson spoke on the role and risks of nuclear power. You can view his presentation slide here. 

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