Bringing Down the Barriers: American Laws That Impede Trade With the CIS

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Vol: 26, Issue: 3

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Dula, Arthur M.; Tracy, Lynne M.; Rubino, Renee A.
national security; soviet immigration; trade policy; Soviet Union; Russia; trade restrictions; Commercial Law; Immigration Law; International Law; International Trade Law; Law; Legislation; National Security Law
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It is necessary first to establish whether current trade restrictions apply to all former constituent parts of the Soviet Union or only to Russia. Second, the American-Russian trade relationship resembles a minefield. Some of the most powerful trade restrictions remain firmly in place. Others have been defused. This article will attempt to provide some guidance through the minefield. Finally, attention will be given to pending legislation that affects trade with Russia. Hopefully, this analysis will provide some insight into: (1) the past U.S. trade with the former Soviet Union; (2) where the relationship is now; and (3) what direction it should go in light of the demise of the USSR and the rise of the CIS and other independent states.