Resources for Navigating CAATSA Sanctions

In response to the Russian invasion of Crimea and Ukraine, the international community imposed a series of sanctions on Russia. In 2017, the President of the Unites States signed into law the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" (CAATSA), which among other things, imposes new sanctions on Iran, Russia, and North Korea. Section 231 of the act allows for strict sanctions to be imposed on individuals who trade in arms from these countries.

Countries have legitimate security needs to safeguard their nation and they accomplish this end through diplomatic and military means. RAND research and commentary provides information to help countries effectively assess Russian actions around the world.

This page links to some external resources from the U.S. government and private experts to help describe the intent of the act, and how to navigate its rules.

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