Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of State launched a revamped travel advisory rating system that warns of unsafe travel destinations. The State Department’s goal is to provide U.S. travelers “clear, timely, and reliable” safety and security information for travel worldwide. The new four-tiered rating system reflects a shift from the State Department’s previous two
The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) published proposed rules in the Federal Register today (BIS rules here; DDTC rules here) amending the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and Category XII of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) as part of the President’s
As part of the historic shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba announced on 17 December 2014, President Obama instructed the Secretary of State to launch a review of Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism (SSOT), and to prepare a report within six months regarding Cuba’s support for international terrorism.
On February 17, the State Department announced a new policy toward the export of U.S.-origin military and commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). This new policy will allow the more widespread export of armed drones for the first time. The announcement by the State Department makes clear the new policy governs the international sale, transfer, and subsequent
In a recent advisory opinion related to an exemption under the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR), the State Department confirmed that a company could use a data security method called “tokenization” to protect export-controlled technical data stored in the cloud on servers located outside the United States, provided the company satisfied the conditions of
On 13 May 2014, the Departments of Commerce and State issued interim final rules implementing substantial changes to U.S. satellite export controls. These changes, which follow the proposed rules issued on 24 May 2013, are expected to reduce significantly the administrative and licensing burdens associated with the current export control regime. Read More: Departments of
The State Department and the US Trade Representative (USTR) unveiled last week the new US Model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). The release of the 2012 Model BIT signifies the completion of an Obama Administration campaign promise to conduct a thorough review of U.S. investment policy. The 2012 Model BIT retains the core protections set forth