THE JOURNAL OF EXPORT CONTROLS AND SANCTIONS

Issue 80, June 2019

Strategic trade and the darknet markets

Dr Grant Christopher looks at the potential for proliferation of controlled goods on the ‘darknet’ – and finds light at the end of the tunnel. But for whom?

Dr Grant Christopher looks at the potential for proliferation of controlled goods on the ‘darknet’ – and finds light at the end of the tunnel. But for whom?   If ecommerce enables new opportunities for illicit strategic trade, what risk is posed by the darknet markets? Analyses, such as a 2014 Financial Times article, have shown that strategic goods – those controlled by the multilateral export control regimes – are freely available on surface web ecommerce sites. The concern is that ecommerce provides new opportunities for proliferators to procure controlled items while obfuscating their identity. This article examines the potential...

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