Tag Archives: Syria

New Year Sanctions Roundup: Where Do We Stand?

Happy new year everyone. The government is shut down, but there has already been a flurry of activity in 2019 on the economic sanctions and embargoes front. Here is a summary of where we stand on various sanctions regimes. Russia. On January 10, 2019, the Trump administration defended its decision to ease U.S. sanctions against … Continue Reading

Confused by the Evolving Travel Ban? Here’s a Cheat Sheet with the Latest Guidance

While the Travel Ban continues to move up and down the federal court system, here are the latest rules governing travel for citizens of the affected countries as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s lifting of the lower courts’ injunctions on December 4, 2017, a December 22 ruling by the Ninth Circuit invalidating the … Continue Reading

The Internet, Food, Petroleum, and World Culture: Recent Updates to the Syria Sanctions

By: Mark Jensen and Melinda Lewis June brought a dark milestone in the Syrian civil war as the death toll exceeded 100,000 since the conflict began nearly two years ago. Amid international and domestic pressure to take action against the Syrian government for the continuing escalation of violence against its people, the United States has issued revised sanctions against Syria and announced its intention to provide arms to the Syrian rebels.… Continue Reading

Iran, Syria Sanctions Strengthened by New U.S. Law

By: Thad McBride While the United States has long maintained sanctions on Iran and has expanded those sanctions several times recently, none of those recent actions has had such a direct impact on U.S. companies as the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act that President Obama signed into on August 10, 2012 (the “Act”).  The Act creates new Iran sanctions, and provides for new sanctions on persons deemed to be involved in committing or supporting human rights abuses in Syria, including, in certain cases, non-Syrian parties. … Continue Reading

Export Control Settlements Highlight the Need to Pay Attention During “Outreach” Visits

By: Scott Maberry As illustrated by three recent export enforcement actions, when armed government enforcement agents come to your door with PowerPoint slides, pay close attention. On March 8, 2012, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Wyoming announced settlements of three related cases involving illegal exports to Syria. The cases involved an increasingly common enforcement tool, the U.S. government "outreach" visit. … Continue Reading

EU Imposes New Economic Sanctions on Syria

By: Curtis Dombek and Dan Brooks On January 18, 2012, the European Union adopted Council Regulation No. 36/2012 (“Regulation 36/2012”), which imposes new restrictions on companies doing business in Syria.  Regulation 36/2012, which repeals and replaces previous measures adopted by the EU in May 2011, has particular implications for companies operating in the oil and gas, energy, and telecommunications sectors. … Continue Reading

International Sanctions – Updates to U.S. Sanctions Laws in 2011

By: David Gallacher and Thaddeus McBride In 2011, the world experienced historic events, particularly with regard to the Arab Spring and the violent repression that followed in nations like Libya and Syria.  2011 witnessed the expansion of a number of international sanctions programs, most particularly tied to political developments in countries such as Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Cuba, and North Korea.  Following is a summary of key developments in U.S. sanctions during 2011, as well as a brief look ahead at what may happen in 2012 in countries such as Iran, Yemen, and Myanmar (Burma).  … Continue Reading

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