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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

OFAC fines Exxon $2 million for violating Russia sanctions, Exxon sues

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control fined Exxon Mobil Corp. $2 million Thursday for signing a joint venture with Russia’s Rosneft in “reckless disregard” of Ukraine-related trade sanctions.

In response, Exxon filed a lawsuit in federal court in Texas, arguing that it had guidance from the government that its action would be legal under existing law and OFAC rules.… Continue Reading

Threat to peace: Kleptocrats and diversionary wars

In her excellent book, Thieves of State, Sarah Chayes argues persuasively that foreign corruption is a threat to U.S. national security because it drives people to radical Islam. There is an additional aspect to this problem: corrupt regimes are a national security threat because they start wars in order to divert attention from their own corruption.… Continue Reading