Navigating CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act): Russian Arms Sales and Sanctions Compliance

Russian S-400 weapon system in Moscow, 2018

A Russian S-400 weapon system on display in Moscow

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Event Details


Thursday, November 21, 2019


8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern


RAND Corporation
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Arlington, Virginia 22202-5050

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The RAND Corporation invites you to a conference on Thursday, November 21, 2019 entitled Navigating CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) Section 231 – Russian Arms Sales and Sanctions Compliance. The Russian defense industry is subject to a variety of international and U.S. sanctions regimes. This conference will examine Russian arms sales as an instrument of its foreign policy and provide background information to promote sanctions compliance, mitigate risks associated with all aspects of Russian defense-related transactions and outline alternative means to achieve security.

Why Attend?

This conference is designed to raise awareness about relevant sanctions regimes affecting all aspects of the acquisition of Russian weapons systems. It will bring in noted private sector sanctions and compliance experts as well as experts on Russia, weapons system acquisition and nonproliferation. These experts will provide unique insights on how to comply with the various sanction regimes and identify potentially risky transactions. Key topics covered in this conference will include the following:

  • How to comply with international and U.S. sanctions on Russia arms sales
  • Understanding the impact of secondary sanctions and ways they can be avoided
  • How to assess Russian defense equipment and their sales campaigns
  • A buyer’s security and financial risks
  • Identifying common sanctions evasions techniques
  • Defense equipment acquisition best practices

Who Should Attend?

Navigating the various international and U.S. sanction regimes associated with Russia is complicated and failure to appreciate the complexity can pose significant political, financial and security problems. This conference will provide valuable information for a diverse set of stakeholders including diplomats, military attachés, commercial attachés, trade compliance officers, legal counsels focusing on trade and defense equipment practices, representatives of defense equipment manufacturers, shipping companies, financial institutions and insurance companies.

Eligibility Criteria

This conference hosted by the RAND Corporation is funded by U.S. government foreign assistance funding for capacity building. Due to requirements of U.S. government foreign assistance funding, the participation in this conference is limited to citizens of the countries listed below:

East Asia and Pacific: Indonesia, Kiribati, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
South and Central Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan
Europe: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine
Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia
North, South, and Central America: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname


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