The Group of Seven (G7) took on a new role in February last year. As the United States, United Kingdom and other G7 allies united to condemn Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, their response involved coordinated economic restrictions, such as blocking the Central Bank’s assets, tech export controls, a ban on Russian gold imports, and new sanctions on a wider range of individuals and entities.

But, did the G7 members have the same objectives in mind when they imposed these restrictions? What were the principal objectives that drove their choice of economic statecraft tools? How were the selected tools harmonized and implemented?

Further, was this use of the G7 as a mechanism to coordinate coercive economic statecraft efforts to counter Russian aggression a standalone case, or will the G7 be used to synchronize the application of economic statecraft against other national security threats in the future? And is the G7 the best intergovernmental organization for coordinating economic statecraft policies and actions, given that it only includes the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies?

Join us on April 25, at 9:30 am with Daleep Singh and Jonathan Black, the former representatives of the heads of states (or “sherpas”) of the United States and United Kingdom to the G7, respectively, to discuss how their countries’ perspectives on economic statecraft converge and diverge. Kimberly Donovan, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Economic Statecraft Initiative, will moderate the discussion.


Jonathan Black
Former Deputy National Security Advisor and UK Prime Minister’s sherpa to G7
United Kingdom Prime Minister’s Office 
Heywood Fellow, Blavatnik School of Government
University of Oxford

Daleep Singh
Former Deputy National Security Advisor of the United States and US President’s sherpa to G7
US President Biden’s Administration
Chief Global Economist
PGIM Fixed Income


Kimberly Donovan
Director, Economic Statecraft Initiative, GeoEconomics Center
Atlantic Council

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