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On June 15, 2017, the Senate passed the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S.722) by a vote of 98-2.  Included with the bill is a significant Russia sanctions amendment, the Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017, which would expand U.S. primary and secondary sanctions for Russia and limit the President’s ability to ease existing sanctions.

The bill represents a bi-partisan compromise among key legislators to advance Iran and Russia sanctions measures together. The House of Representatives is now beginning to consider its own Iran and Russia sanctions measure, with the potential for final legislation this fall. Continue reading →

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On December 31, 2015, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued regulations which codify and provide further details on the cybersecurity sanction program introduced on April 1, 2015 under Executive Order (E.O.) 13694.  While the Obama administration still has yet to make its first designations under the new program, it will be one to watch in 2016 given the high profile and geo-political challenges of cybercrime.

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