Iran + Cuba + Nanotechnology = High Probability for Trouble

What happens when a state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, announces high-tech collaboration with Cuba, a recently and likely erroneously de-listed state sponsor of terrorism? It’s a loaded question. You know the answer. Nothing good! According to the Iran’s Mehr news agency, Iran and Cuba plan closer collaboration on nanotechnology that includes building a new lab …

Cuba Needs to Pay In Order to Play

Opponents of U.S. economic sanctions, especially many in Congress as well as K Street special interests, argue that U.S. sanctions have not worked and, as such, it is time to try something different. Academics, politicos, and lobbyists have built careers trying to undermine sanctions as a viable foreign policy tool and Cuba remains their poster child. Of course, …

Next Congress May Seek to Expand CFIUS Jurisdiction

Senior Members of Congress appear to be laying the groundwork for a much-needed regulatory update of a process used by the U.S. government to review of foreign investments in the United States in strategically important sectors such as defense as well as homeland security, especially in the case of U.S. ports. In a letter to the U.S. Comptroller General, sixteen …

Your Man in Havana

The attached law note, Your Man in Havana, was published in 54th edition of the London-based World Export Controls Review Journal. If you’re in the export controls or economic sanctions compliance or law orbit, you should consider a WorldECR subscription. Be sure to visit their website. I completed this law note a week before President …

Russians Nabbed by DOJ in an Export Controls Violations Ring

A Brooklyn resident, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and two Russian nationals were arrested in last week for alleged violations of U.S. export control laws. If they are found guilty, they face as much as 25 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. The Justice Department announced last week that Alexey Barysheff of Brooklyn and two Russian …

Someone Needs to Remind Cuba That Access to the U.S. Market Is a Privilege, Not a Right

A federal judge in Miami has locked up a merry band of Cubans who were abusing U.S. and Florida laws to create sham marriages to secure entry to the U.S. This case is just one of many concrete examples why the Cuban Adjustment Act needs to be reformed, or replaced, with a better law that …

US Congress Seeks to Expose Corruption in Nicaragua

On September 21, the House of Representatives approved passage H.R. 5708, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017 that, if it becomes law, will prohibit loans by international financial institutions (“IFIs”) to the government of Nicaragua unless Nicaragua takes steps to ensure free, fair, and transparent elections as well as strengthen the rule of law. The left-wing …