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China Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Excerpt from Quote of the week: “We constantly remind Chinese leaders that recognizing and guaranteeing the Chinese people their...more

Africa Update - January 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt...more

New Opportunities in Cuba for U.S. Travel and Medical Companies – Cigars but not Commerce

After President Obama's announcement that his Administration will pursue a policy aimed at improving U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations and ultimately eliminating the economic embargo on Cuba, the U.S. Treasury and Commerce...more

Important Changes to the U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba

The Obama administration recently announced the most significant changes in years to U.S. sanctions against Cuba, allowing expanded travel, trade, and exchange in targeted areas....more

Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade

As part of a broader, ongoing effort to forge closer relations with Cuba, the Obama administration has enacted a new set of regulations intended to facilitate certain forms of authorized travel to Cuba. The regulations, which...more

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Obama Administration Announces Regulatory Amendments to U.S. Cuba Sanctions

On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 515 (“CACR”), and the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Export Administration...more

Obama Administration Loosens Restrictions on Cuba Travel and Commerce

On January 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released regulatory amendments implementing the Cuba...more

The First Law of International Dynamics: Sanctions May Be Transformed But Never Created or Destroyed

U.S. economic sanctions, by their nature, often change without warning. Since sanctions reflect U.S. foreign and national security policy, they must evolve rapidly with world events. Often, it seems that when one door is...more

U.S. Treasury and Commerce Release Revised Cuba Sanctions Regulations

A pre-release of the revised regulations from the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) identifies the extensive changes in...more

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2014

In this issue: - US and EU continue sanctions against Russia for its activity in Ukraine; - US and EU sanctions against the Crimea region; - US makes major change in Cuban relations; - The EU...more

Frequently Asked Questions About U.S./Cuban Policy Changes

President Obama recently announced steps to ease the 54-year old embargo on Cuba and begin to restore diplomatic relations. The following frequently asked questions examine key issues from a policy and business...more

President‘s new policy on Cuba: new opportunities for US business?

In what has been described as the most significant change in Cuba policy in more than 50 years, President Barack Obama has instructed the Secretary of State to begin the process of re-establishing diplomatic relations with...more

Obama Administration's Shift on Cuban Policy Will Impact Travel to Cuba

Last week, President Obama announced plans for his administration to take historic steps to chart a new course in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations. Of the various components surrounding this ground-breaking policy approach, the...more

Obama’s Reboot of U.S.-Cuba Relations: What Does It Mean?

Last Wednesday, President Obama announced the most sweeping changes to U.S.-Cuban relations in half a century, in effect beginning normalization to a relationship fractured by the pressures of the Cold War. Only baby steps...more

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

Africa Update - December 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Turnin’ Havana to Atlanta: The White House Opens Doors for U.S. Telecommunications Investment in Cuba and Latin America

Historic changes in relations between the United States and Cuba (that touch nerves in Hip-Hop and on Capitol Hill) and new U.S. sanctions against Venezuela may provide increased opportunities for U.S. business generally, and...more

U.S.-Cuba Relations: What the President Actually Did

Against the backdrop of a dramatic prisoner swap and almost eighteen months of “secret” negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba—facilitated by Canada, the Vatican, and others—President Barack Obama announced on December 17,...more

New Sanctions-Easing Initiative Could Mean New Opportunities in Cuba

President Obama recently announced changes to U.S.-Cuba policy, opening diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50 years after the imposition of the Cold War-related sanctions against the country. The full scope of the...more

Normalization of U.S. Relations with Cuba Will Lead to New Export and Transaction Opportunities

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced a dramatic change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. The White House declared that five decades of sanctions against Cuba have “failed to accomplish our objective of empowering Cubans...more

Obama Administration Announces Historic Easing of Economic Sanctions Against Cuba

On December 17, 2014, the Obama Administration announced the prospective easing of some restrictions in the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba (the “Economic Sanctions”). The Obama Administration had laid the groundwork for...more

China Begins Issuing 10-year Visas

For many years, U.S.-China relations have been strained; however, with President Obama’s recent trip to the Asia-Pacific region, tensions seem to be easing. Evidence of this upturn in relations comes as China began issuing...more

Trade Sanctions Roundup: U.S. Closes Out 2014 with Major Actions on Cuba, Russia, and Syria

The end of 2014 has seen major developments in U.S. foreign relations and sanctions policy with broad implications for the maritime industry. On December 17, President Obama announced a paradigm shift in relations with Cuba,...more

U.S. Government Resets Cuban Policy and Eases Sanctions Against Cuba

Yesterday, President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba will begin talks to resume full diplomatic relations and partially lift travel and economic sanctions and restrictions, some of which have existed for more...more

One Step Closer to Normalizing Relations with Cuba

Today, in response to Cuba’s release of American prisoner Alan Gross, President Obama announced that his administration will begin taking steps to normalizing relations with Cuba. While the Obama administration can ease the...more

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