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Revised U.S. Regulations Support Cuba's Private Sector, but Travel Restrictions Remain

The Situation: Regulations implementing tightened U.S. policy towards engagement with Cuba have rolled back a number of Obama-era initiatives and are effective immediately. The Result: Provisions that encourage Cuban...more

U.S. Government Takes Steps Toward Implementation of Sanctions on Russia

The United States has taken significant steps toward fully implementing the sanctions imposed on Russia pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017, which codifies and strengthens certain...more

Trump Announces New Iran Strategy, Decertifies Iran's Compliance with Iran Nuclear Deal

On Friday, October 13, 2017, President Trump announced that he would not certify that the suspension of sanctions pursuant to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ("JCPOA") (commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal) is...more

United States Revokes Sanctions on Sudan; Some Restrictions Remain in Place

On October 6, 2017, the United States announced that, effective October 12, 2017, it will substantially revoke sanctions on Sudan and the Government of Sudan in recognition of the Government of Sudan's sustained positive...more

With Tensions Rising, the United States Imposes Additional Sanctions on North Korea

In Short - The Situation: Over the past several months, North Korea has engaged in several activities, particularly relating to missile and nuclear testing, that violate several United Nations resolutions and that...more

Trump Administration Imposes Targeted Financial Sanctions on Venezuela

On August 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order imposing new sanctions intended to restrict financing connected to the Government of Venezuela. These sanctions supplement existing sanctions imposed by the...more

President Trump Signs New Sanctions Legislation into Law

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" ("Act") into law. The Act, which codifies and strengthens sanctions against Russia and expands sanctions against Iran and...more

President Trump Delays Decision on Sudanese Sanctions for Three Months

On July 11, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that postpones any decision regarding whether to terminate the comprehensive sanctions regime against Sudan for an additional three months—until October 12, 2017....more

MENA Countries Sever Ties with Qatar

On Monday, June 5, 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya's eastern region-based government, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates ("UAE"), and the internationally recognized government of Yemen severed ties with Qatar,...more

Potential Options for U.S. Sanctions on Iran Under the Trump Administration

In response to reports that Iran conducted a ballistic missile test launch in February 2017, a former senior U.S. government official announced—and President Trump later echoed over Twitter—that the United States is...more

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