Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Business and Economics Program
TopicsTerrorism, US and European Financial Regulation, US and International Capital Markets, US-Iran Relations
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April 11, 2019The recent record flooding in Iran has killed dozens, inundated nearly 2,000 villages and cities across Iran, and caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to the country’s infrastructure. The Trump administration’s response through the State Department, predictably, has been to offer…
March 24, 2019Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s long-awaited investigation has not found adequate evidence to prove US President Donald J. Trump or any of his aides colluded with the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 election. The investigation did not determine…
March 04, 2019
February 18, 2019Driven by understandable distrust of US President Donald Trump’s continued relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a bipartisan group of US senators have introduced legislation that, if passed, compels the Trump administration to increase the pressure on Moscow. The Defending…
February 06, 2019On January 16, a US Senate resolution to maintain US sanctions on the Russian aluminum giant RUSAL and its holding company EN+ failed to garner the necessary 60 votes to pass. As a result, the Trump administration lifted its economic…
Brian O’Toole is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program. He is an accomplished expert on economic sanctions with substantial experience across public and private sectors.
Brian is the current senior vice president and the anti-money laundering (AML) executive for sanctions at BB&T Bank. In that capacity, he oversees the bank’s sanctions compliance efforts, including standardized screening processes across several dozen lines of business.
Previously, Brian worked at the US Department of the Treasury from 2009 to 2017. During this period, Brian became a senior adviser to the director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). As senior adviser, he helped manage the implementation of all OFAC-administered economic and financial sanctions programs, and provided strategic direction of the internal management of the agency. He additionally played a central role in designing the US sanctions regime in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and negotiating the multilateral sanctions imposed by the European Union and G7 in coordination with the United States. Brian was also a key figure in implementing US government commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.
Prior to joining OFAC, Brian served as an illicit finance analyst for both the Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis and at the Central Intelligence Agency, and was an anticorruption specialist in the forensic services practice at PwC.
Brian holds a BA from Princeton University in economics, with a certificate in finance, and an MA from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in international economics and strategic studies. Brian lives and works in Raleigh, NC.