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Alison J. Stafford Powell

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On October 26, 2021, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPRM”) seeking public comments concerning the identification of certain neuro “brain-computer interface” (BCI) technology as an emerging technology and the potential imposition of export controls on such technology. Comments are due no later than December 10, 2021. BCI technology was identified by BIS back in a November 2018 ANPRM as part of a representative…

In recent weeks, the US Government has imposed a series of additional sanctions against Russia consisting of additional measures focused on the energy pipeline sector, as well as further measures in response to the alleged poisoning of Alexy Navalny. This latest escalation of sanctions against Russia builds upon the April 2021 sanctions imposed pursuant to Executive Order 14024, “Blocking Property With Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation.” Please…

On July 2, 2021, the US Government imposed sanctions on several military-affiliated entities and individual senior officials and certain family members in response to the February military coup in Burma (Myanmar). In a statement on the same day, the US State Department said that these “measures further demonstrate that [the US Government] will continue to take additional action against, and impose costs on, the [Burmese] military and its leaders until they reverse course and provide…

On June 3, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14032, “Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Certain Companies of the People’s Republic of China” (the “CMIC EO”). This amends and replaces Executive Order 13959 (“EO 13959”) and revokes Executive Order 13974 (“EO 13974”) that restricted investments in certain “Communist Chinese Military Companies” (“CCMCs”). The main changes implemented by the CMIC EO and related public guidance are to (1) change the group of targeted…