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

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

Sunday, October 27, 2019

CRDF Global invites you to join the RAND Corporation for 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

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,

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

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

Invitations to this event are limited, so please register as soon as possible to indicate your
interest in attending. The registration deadline is November 7, 2019. RAND will confirm
enrollment and provide a full conference agenda once your attendance is confirmed.

For more information and registration, please visit