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Please join the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am ET for a panel discussion on the way forward for transatlantic sanctions policy. The discussion will feature Ambassador Daniel Fried, Former US Ambassador to Poland and Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council; Juha Jokela, Program Director for the European Union, Finnish Institute of International Affairs; Alexander Schönfelder, Deputy Director General for Economic Affairs, German Federal Foreign Office; and will be moderated by Julia Friedlander, C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, GeoEconomics Center, Atlantic Council. Ambassador Fried and Juha Jokela will also be presenting their newly written work. This event will be held virtually via Zoom.

Economic sanctions have become a default setting for the US government and Congress to respond to policy problems that require more than a demarche and less than military action. While sanctions limited Kremlin aggression against Ukraine and pushed Iran into negotiating the nuclear deal, but results are typically uneven. Under the uncertain policy direction of the Trump administration, many of the gains achieved through the sanctions have unraveled while failing credibility and uneven application are weakening the tool. What in sanctions policy works, what doesn’t, and what should the Biden administration and its transatlantic allies do to make sanctions work better?


Daniel Fried
Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow
Atlantic Council
Former US Ambassador to Poland

Juha Jokela
Program Director for the European Union
Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Alexander Schönfelder 
Deputy Director General for Economic Affairs
German Federal Foreign Office


Julia Friedlander
C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Deputy Director
GeoEconomics Center
Atlantic Council

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