Economic Sanctions Initiative

  • Africa Embraces the Promise of Free Trade

    Africa Embraces the Promise of Free Trade

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  • Coordinated Russian Expulsions a Great Start. What Next?

    The announcement of the coordinated expulsion of more than 150 Russian diplomats and intelligence officers from the US, Europe, and other global partners showed what the deft hand of diplomacy can accomplish in countering Russian aggression. 

    The expulsions, declared by allies around on the world on March 25, constituted a direct response to the attempted assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the United Kingdom (UK).

    Although Moscow may have anticipated a response to the poisoning, which took place on March 4, from Washington and maybe a few other UK allies, the breadth of this response almost certainly caught the Kremlin off guard.

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  • Venezuela's Cryptocurrency: Should OFAC Be Petrofied?

    Venezuela's Cryptocurrency: Should OFAC be Petrofied?

    The short answer is no.


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  • The Trump Administration's Sanctions Policy: Competence and Questions

    In a speech March 9 at the Atlantic Council, US Department of Treasury Undersecretary Sigal Mandelker, the Trump administration's top sanctions official, confirmed that new Russia sanctions are being prepared, and suggested that they would target members of Russian President Vladimir Putin's power structure.

    This was just one of the items covered in a half-day conference hosted by the Atlantic Council's Sanctions Initiative. The event convened policy makers, sanctions veterans of previous US administrations, experts, foreign diplomats, and business representatives.

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  • Sanctions in the Trump Era - One Year In

    On Friday, March 9, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program, in cooperation with Georgetown University’s Institute of International Economic Law hosted a conference on Sanctions in the Trump Era – One Year In. The event was hosted in the context of the Global Business & Economics Program’s Economic Sanctions Initiative and focused on best practices of using sanctions as a foreign policy tool.

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  • O'Toole in The Hill: New North Korean Sanctions Tighten the Screws with Utmost Precision


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  • Fried in Politico Magazine: How Trump Can Hit the Reset Button on Russia Sanctions


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  • Secondary Sanctions: A First Glance

    This edition of our EconoGraphic blog explains the difference between primary and secondary sanctions, outlines how secondary sanctions work, and uses a case study to demonstrate how the United States employs secondary sanctions in the real economy. 

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  • Fried Quoted in Deutsche Welle on Russian Sanctions and Oligarchs List


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  • Trump Maintains Steady Course on Iran, But Rougher Seas Ahead

    On January 12, US President Donald J. Trump announced he would renew a number of waivers to provide limited sanctions relief to Iran in order to continue to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  At the same time, Trump committed to withdraw from the deal if he could not reach agreement with European allies and obtain US legislation to threaten additional sanctions against Iran if it does not address what Trump perceives as flaws in the nuclear deal. Trump’s move marks a continuation of the successful policies of former US President Barack Obama to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, yet supplements this policy with unpredictability and potential chaos in the future.

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