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OFAC Licensing for…Conferences?

One morning in February I woke up to see an email from someone at the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Law inviting me to speak at a conference there titled “The Impact of the Nuclear Agreement with Iran,” to be

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Trump Sanctions Iran

This heading is perhaps a bit more exciting than it should be, but maybe that’s necessary given the tone of the White House this week towards Iran, following that country’s recent missile tests.  Two days after US National Security Advisor

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Trump Ushers in Sweeping Immigration Changes – Updated

What does President Trump’s new Executive Order on immigration policy mean?

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Sudan Sanctions [Almost] Repealed

OFAC announced on Friday that the prohibitions in the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR Part 538 (the “SSR”) will be effectively narrowed (not repealed!) via a Final Rule issued Tuesday, January 17 in the Federal Register.  This is in response

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OFAC Sanctions and Personal Affairs in Iran

2017 has started and a new administration will be in the White House in less than three weeks. January 16 will mark exactly a year since implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the “JCPOA”, also referred to commonly as

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What’s Holding Up Iran’s Banking?

Much has been said lately about the lack of sufficient banking channels between Iran and the rest of the world, and the spillover effects it is having on Iran’s international economic re-engagement.  The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the so-called

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The virtual export and import

I was interviewed earlier this month by Al Jazeera Arabic on a particularly interesting issue concerning U.S. sanctions on Syria.  The question was whether a Skype appearance by a Syrian government official designated on the OFAC Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list at a Washington,

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Discussing the Iran Deal on Al Jazeera English

I was on Al Jazeera English tonight discussing the announcement of the implementation day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, and Germany)

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When will the Sanctions Be Removed?

We are all waiting for the IAEA to provide its certification on Iran’s nuclear energy program, which will be the cue for the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, and Germany) to begin the process of sanctions

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OFAC Clarifies its Position on a Foreign Bank: What this Says about 3rd Country Actors

While email notifications from OFAC are fairly regular to those of us who practice in the field, I don’t think I’ve ever received one on a Sunday night, particularly not a Sunday night preceding a federal holiday.  Tonight’s interestingly timed

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