Export Control and Nonproliferation Program (XNP)


  • National export control systems and international cooperation
  • Illicit WMD-related procurement networks
  • Industry compliance and nonproliferation export controls
  • US export control reform developments
  • Private sector/government cooperation in global nonproliferation efforts


  • Asia Export Control Fellows Program

    Together with the East Asia Nonproliferation Program, XNP hosts 4-6 fellows per year from Asia who participate in an intensive summer program focused on strategic trade controls. Different agencies from Asian countries send officials who study relevant issues. The fellows then take part in a three-week training session held at the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia, followed by roundtable exchange-of-views meetings in Washington DC with U.S. experts and practitioners.

  • Engagement with Industry

    Informed by its research into illicit WMD-related procurement networks and how they can be countered by the private sector-oriented strategies, XNP has ongoing projects designed to engage industry export compliance specialists in nonproliferation efforts.   This has included organizing exchange-of-views roundtables of US and overseas-based practitioners – both in industry as well as government — in Silicon Valley, Monterey, and Washington, and briefings for trade compliance practitioners in Silicon Valley.

  • “Global Trade and Weapons of Mass Destruction” Online Course

    XNP has developed a free, openly available online course on “Global Trade and Weapons of Mass Destruction.” The course, taught by Senior Research Associate Stephanie Lieggi and Program Director Robert Shaw and launched in June 2014, is a six week set of lectures and video case studies supported by online quizzes, weekly exercises, and interactive discussion rooms. The course is designed to enable “students” to better understand the process by which sensitive nuclear materials are transferred among states and the various means that states and companies can use to ensure that dual-use technologies and materials are not used in the production of weapons of mass destruction. The course is one of the many ways CNS is working to share its expertise with a wider audience and to train and educate the next generation of nonproliferation practitioners.