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Corruption Perceptions Index 2021: Corruption levels, including in the Asia-Pacific region, remain at a worldwide standstill

Asia-Pacific, Global - February 13 2022 On January 25, 2022, Transparency International (TI) published its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2021.[1] Similar to previous years’…

Saqib Alam, Sheryl Janet George, Daniel P. Levison

OFAC year in review 2021 - part 1

Afghanistan, Asia-Pacific, China, Ethiopia, Iran, Russia, USA - February 7 2022 2021 was a year of transition in the United States and for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). OFAC’s year…

Brandon L. Van Grack, Jiang Liu, John E. Smith

National Defense Authorization Act - Implications for U.S. Sanctions Programs

Global, USA - January 3 2022 In a closely followed and much anticipated action, President Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA) on…

Brandon L. Van Grack, Jiang Liu, John E. Smith

Sanctions legislation watch: What to expect from Congress as 2021 comes to a close

China, Iran, Russia, USA - November 8 2021 As we approach year’s end, and the pace of legislative activity ramps up, it remains critical to keep a close eye on the sanctions-related bills…

Brandon L. Van Grack, Jiang Liu, John E. Smith

Congress Re-enters the Nord stream 2 fight with amendment to NDAA

Germany, USA - October 6 2021 In the latest turn of events in the seemingly never-ending political saga of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the U.S. House of Representatives (the…

Brandon L. Van Grack, Jiang Liu, John E. Smith