The Lawfare Podcast: Are Big Sanctions Coming for a Chinese Tech Company?

Jen Patja, Jacob Schulz, Katrina Northrop, Alex Iftimie
Friday, June 3, 2022, 12:00 PM

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In May, news came out that the U.S. government was thinking of putting the Chinese video surveillance company Hikvision on the Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Nationals list, otherwise known as the SDN list. The move would have huge impacts on Hikvision’s business prospects in the U.S. and around the world and would represent yet another escalation in the way that the U.S. government handles Chinese technology companies.

To talk through the news and why it's so significant, Jacob Schulz sat down with Katrina Northrop, a reporter at The Wire China who wrote a story about the Hikvision saga, and Alex Iftimie, a partner at Morrison & Foerster and a former official within the National Security Division at the Justice Department.


Jen Patja is the editor and producer of The Lawfare Podcast and Rational Security. She currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of Virginia Civics, a nonprofit organization that empowers the next generation of leaders in Virginia by promoting constitutional literacy, critical thinking, and civic engagement. She is the former Deputy Director of the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier and has been a freelance editor for over 20 years.
Jacob Schulz is a law student at the University of Chicago Law School. He was previously the Managing Editor of Lawfare and a legal intern with the National Security Division in the U.S. Department of Justice. All views are his own.
Katrina Northrop is a reporter at The Wire China, based in New York. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Providence Journal, and SupChina.
Alex Iftimie is a former U.S. Department of Justice national security official. He served as counselor to the attorney general, counsel and deputy chief of staff to the assistant attorney general for national security, attorney advisor in the National Security Division, and as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is currently a partner and co-chair of the Global Risk + Crisis Management practice at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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