Tracking CSPA Implementation
Eighteen countries have been identified on annual CSPA lists since the law took effect.
Eight have been listed for five or more years. Countries included on a CSPA list are prohibited from receiving certain types of U.S. arms sales and military assistance in the following fiscal year. However, the president can waive these prohibitions if so doing is deemed to be in the “national interest of the United States.”
The CSPA list has grown in size, as has the use of national interest waivers.
More often than not over the law’s history, the U.S. president has elected to use national interest waivers – either in part or in full – to allow the majority of CSPA-listed governments to receive otherwise-prohibited U.S. arms sales and military assistance.
97% of arms sales and military assistance was still provided to CSPA-listed countries through the use of presidential waivers.
The U.S. government is estimated to have waived more than $5.9 billion in U.S. arms sales and military assistance to CSPA-sanctioned countries over the last 11 years – or approximately 97% of the total amount of arms sales and military assistance that has come within the law’s scope.