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Normalizing U.S. Relations with Cuba: What is ahead?

On December 17, President Obama announced that he will take steps to normalize relations with Cuba, prompting questions about what this means for an island nation that has existed under a Cold War-era embargo for more than 50...more

12/22/2014 - Barack Obama Cuba Embargo Foreign Relations Sanctions

Crisis in the Crimea: Sanctions Update

United States further measures - In response to the Russian Federation’s continued actions in southern and eastern Ukraine, the United States added seventeen entities and seven Russian officials and related persons to...more

4/30/2014 - Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Federal Circuit Decision Settles GAO/COFC Split on Agency’s Use of Cooperative Agreements

In March, the Federal Circuit settled a split between the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and the Court of Federal Claims that focused on the gray area between cooperative agreements and procurement contracts. Siding...more

4/18/2014 - CMS Contract Management Services Competition Federal Contractors GAO HUD Procurement Guidelines Written Agreements

Singapore: Persian Gulf Money, Energy, and Non-Energy Export Risks

In September 2013, the GCC-Singapore Free Trade Agreement came into force, and it has some wondering whether this will mean an influx of oil and gas trade from the Persian Gulf. The agreement is well-timed, as U.S. Secretary...more

10/10/2013 - Exports Free Trade Agreement Iran Iran Sanctions NDAA Oil & Gas

New Iran Sanctions: Breaking Down the Breaking Points

Energy, shipping, and shipbuilding. Generally, these are the sectors of the Iranian economy that have recently come within the ambit of the existing U.S. sanctions regime against Iran. We write "generally" because in addition...more

1/30/2013 - Energy IFCPA Iran Sanctions Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act Ports Shipbuilding Shipping

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