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Thu, Mar 4, 2021

It’s time to get serious about a pressure strategy to contain North Korea

A Biden administration North Korea Strategy should continue dialogue with Kim's government, backed by a variety of pressure and enforcement tactics, in order to strive for the goal of arms reduction.

Issue Brief by Andrea R. Mihailescu

Arms Control Economic Sanctions

Fri, Feb 12, 2021

How the US should respond to the coup in Myanmar

The Biden administration’s announcement that it will freeze one billion dollars of Myanmar government funds held in US banks will squeeze military leaders. But sanctions cannot be the only tool that the United States deploys.

New Atlanticist by Andrea R. Mihailescu

Economic Sanctions Elections

Tue, Dec 22, 2020

The global economy in 2020, by the numbers

The pandemic has made this a historic year for the global economy, now beset by a recession the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. To make sense of it all, our GeoEconomics staff and senior fellows have selected the numbers behind the headlines, organized around our three pillars of work, that best capture the global economy’s journey in 2020—and what lies in store for 2021.

New Atlanticist by GeoEconomics Center

Economy & Business Future of Work

Andrea R. Mihailescu serves as a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center. Ms. Mihailescu is currently on sabbatical from the U.S. Department of State teaching Sanctions in International Relations at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy. Andrea was a Member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the Department working on sanctions and CFIUS issues. In that role, Andrea provided analytic policy recommendations and alternative courses of action to advance more effective U.S. sanctions policy and national security priorities. Prior to that, she worked on a detail assignment to the Department of Defense to support Secretary Mattis on securing a multi-billion Special Measures Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Korea. Before the Pentagon assignment, Andrea was the senior advisor on North Korea sanctions issues to Ambassador Dan Fried in the Office of the Coordination for Sanctions Policy where she helped lead the effort in designing the North Korea pressure campaign. Andrea was also an economic intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research supporting senior State Department policymakers by identifying economic pressure points in the Iranian regime. In that role, Andrea’s intelligence assessments were often included in the President’s Daily Brief and other senior level U.S. intelligence products. She also served as a backup briefer to the President’s Daily Brief. Before joining government, Andrea was a freelance journalist covering oil and gas issues. 

Andrea was a Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholar. She is a graduate of The George Washington University (MBA), American University (MA), and University of Connecticut (BA).