While Russia “Creates” the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, US Righteously Indignant

The United States is a day late and a dollar short, again. Without firing a shot, Russia has created the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. This Ukraine business is a significant strategic loss for the West and other lovers of freedom. The best the United States, and NATO allies will be able to do is impose sanctions …

U.S. Can Do Better With Iran Policy

My op-ed  in today’s The Hill newspaper: Former House Foreign Affairs CoS Yleem Poblete: Failing, again, to connect the dots on Iran As two House Foreign Affairs subcommittees prepare to hold a hearing on the threat of Iran in the Western Hemisphere, one cannot help but recall what Machiavelli wrote about centuries ago in The Prince: When …

US Treasury OFAC: Send Beyoncé and Jay-Z an Anniversary Present

UPDATE: Drudge Report reporting that several Members of Congress have penned a note to the USG. For those of us that follow events in a a little island 90 miles from our shores, the news of the week was the Cuba trip of Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z. Judging solely from the news reports, the trip …

Want U.S.-Cuba Sanctions Laws & Regs Clarity? Start by Re-Authorizing the Export Administration Act

I posted the following response to a blog entry at the always entertaining and informative Export Law Blog. In contrast to the usual subject matter of the DC Dispatches, most of the following discussion in this post is kind of in the weeds (you’ve been warned). You may want to read the Export Law Blog post …

Export Control Reform, Proliferation Concerns Raised

In today’s Washington Times, Bill Gertz penned an interesting item missing from the public debate on reforms to the export control system being implemented by the Obama Administration: According to congressional aides, the administration has prevented U.S. intelligence agencies from conducting comprehensive assessments of the security impact of the export decontrol plan. Prevented? In the …

US Sanctions More Iranian Companies

Senior U.S. government officials announced yesterday another sanctions volley against the Iranian regime’s Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). The Justice Department announced a 317 count indictment against IRISL for violating U.S. sanctions laws, while the Treasury Department announced the addition of ten Iranian businesses and three executives as specially designated nationals or SDNs. If …

Economic Sanctions, Expect More Use of them

For decades, critics of U.S. policy toward Cuba have harped about the failure of economic sanctions. I’ve found that the best rejoinder, to which they can never answer, is that economic sanctions are not a “policy” but a tool.  Anyhow, Harvard’s Joseph Nye has a thoughtful piece in today’s Financial Times on economic sanctions that …