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Biography for Ian Cohen

Ian Cohen, Associate Editor, is a reporter with Export Compliance Daily and its sister publications International Trade Today and Trade Law Daily, where he covers export controls, sanctions and international trade issues. He previously worked as a local government reporter in South Florida. Ian graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Florida in 2017 and lives in Washington, D.C. He joined the staff of Warren Communications News in 2019.

Recent Articles by Ian Cohen

Chip Companies Report Concerns About Licensing Decisions, Lost China Sales

Semiconductor companies are still awaiting licensing decisions on their chip-related activities involving China under the U.S.’s new export controls, with some concerned that licenses awarded to their competitors could hurt their revenue. In earnings calls and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission this month, U.S. chip and technology companies said they continue to prepare for drops in sales to China and that they fear Chinese customers may soon replace them with alternative suppliers, causing some U.S. companies to permanently lose their market share in China.Read More >>

DDTC Suspends ITAR Controls for Certain Capacitors

The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls this week temporarily suspended export license requirements for certain capacitors on the U.S. Munitions List. The suspension, valid for six months from Nov. 21, could allow DDTC to better “facilitate” commercial transactions involving the capacitors, including for the energy exploration and aviation sectors.Read More >>

Universities ‘Urgently’ Need Guidance on Research Collaboration With China, Professors Say

The U.S. needs to provide universities with clearer guidance on what types of research activities they can conduct and share with China, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said in a report this week. The report, authored by MIT’s China Strategy Group, said U.S. schools face challenges managing outside “pressures” while also “preserving open scientific research,” which risks damaging American research abilities and chilling technology collaboration.Read More >>

Wassenaar Can’t ‘Adapt’ to Modern Export Control Concerns, Former NSC Official Says

The U.S. needs to abandon the current model of multilateral export control regimes and move toward control agreements with smaller groups of allies in specific technology areas, said Liza Tobin, the National Security Council’s former China director. Tobin, speaking during an Emerging Technology Technical Advisory Committee meeting last week, also said the U.S. should look to impose technology-specific controls on items destined to China rather than end-use- and end-user-based controls, which are proving increasingly ineffective.Read More >>

State Dept. Official Sees Bright Future for US LNG Exports

U.S. liquified natural gas export capacity will grow by about half over the next few years as countries increasingly turn away from Russian energy supplies, Geoffrey Pyatt, the State Department’s assistant secretary for energy resources, said last week. Pyatt predicted Russia will “never” recover its share of the global energy market and the transition away from Russian fuel will ultimately benefit U.S. and allied traders, including those operating in the emerging renewable energy sector.Read More >>