U.S./UAE Nuclear Deal Proponents and Opponents Missing One Element, Reform of U.S. Export Control Laws Missing

A proposed nuclear cooperation in the Middle East between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could establish an interesting precedent that impact U.S. security and commercial concerns in the region and beyond.  The Bush Administration penned the U.S.-UAE 123 Agreement during its last month in office.  It is now up to the Obama Administration …

Congressman Markey: U.S.-UAE Nuclear Agreement, Reckless

The Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Sub-Committee on Energy and the Environment added his voice to a quiet but growing effort in the Congress to slow or block the implementation of the recently-signed U.S.-UAE nuclear cooperation agreement. “It’s time to turn the page on the Bush administration’s reckless policy of spreading nuclear technology …

The Security and Prosperity Partnership, Your Tax Dollars At Work? Congressional Oversight Needed

A majority of American taxpayers do not know how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent by Washington, much less the specific programs and initiatives that are launched by policymakers in Washington, DC and around the world using U.S. monies.  If our government was more transparent, I suspect that more people would pay closer attention to these …

Obama and Democrats “Sting” the Pachyderms

When I read last week that President Barack Obama told Republican leaders ‘I won’, in response to Republican opposition to a government-growing stimulus bill, I thought of bees.  You see, there is nothing more menacing to a 10,ooo pound elephant than the sound of angry bees.   The pachyderm is known to run to avoid a sting.  …

Congress Set To Closely Review US-UAE Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

Yesterday the State Department announced the U.S. had signed a nuclear cooperation 123 agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).   123 Agreements refer to Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.  The section sets terms for the U.S. for entering into nuclear cooperation with other states.  The Congress has the power to review these agreements …

Another Reminder of the Iranian Threat, Possible Roadblock to US-UAE 123 Agreement

The Washington Post reports today on a federal court case involving the illegal transhipment of U.S. technology to state sponsor of terror Iran.  The case outlines several issues including export controls, the complex nature of these transactions, and the importance of ally cooperation in this arena in order to stem the flow of senstive technologies to state sponsors of …

The OFAC Has Heart, Cubans Had Christmas in Cuba in Spite of the Cuban Regime

A few weeks ago the elves at the Export Law Blog (“ELB”) posted a special Christmas message, How the OFAC Stole Christmas.  For readers from outside of Washington, DC, the somewhat humorous post is a jab at U.S. laws and regulations restricting trade with state sponsor of terror Cuba.  Other than this annual Cuba post, ELB …