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Your Next International Connection – …Cuba?

By Michael Jones ( When I started blogging for TSI Global Consulting, the very first article series that I wrote was on the U.S.’s relationship with different embargoed countries, one of which was Cuba. At the time, the relationship between the two countries was still tense, mostly unchanged since the animosity began at the height of the Cold War. This historic animosity is the main reason why any thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba is so strange and jarring, much less the bombshell that was recently dropped by the Obama Administration. For those who are unaware, roughly a week ago, President Obama revealed that the U.S. and Cuba […]


The Potential Effects of Catalan Independence

By Michael Jones ( Spain has received quite a bit of bad press lately. Of course, some of it is deserved: the Euro Crisis did significantly weaken this European power’s economy and it has been struggling ever since, held up only by other European nations who were not hit as hard. However, many who have made these criticisms have also written Spain off as a lost cause or a has-been; this could not be further from the truth. Despite Spain’s economic woes, it still remains the 14th largest economy in the world on its own, and is a world leader and economic power in fields such as automobiles, renewable energy, […]


BIS Expands Military End User/End Use Rule (Part 744.17) for Microprocessors…..

In the continuing saga over at BIS to tighten the noose around the transfer of technology to military end users and military end use in “countries of concern” another new regulation has been published. In a Federal Register Final Rule published and implemented effective December 17th, 2014, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) expanded Part 744.17 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to cover a wider range of microprocessors and related software and technology. Specifically, under the new regulations, a license requirement is now imposed on exports, re-exports or in-country transfers to military end users or military end use within country Group D:1 for any microprocessor and associated software […]