The Global Business & Economics Program’s
Economic Sanctions Initiative is galvanizing the transatlantic private and public community to stimulate thinking on economic sanctions and improve their design and implementation process.



Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Forget Telegram: Iranians are using Instagram to shop

Maryam searched all over Neyshabur’s pharmacies, a town in northeastern Iran, for her mother’s diabetes medication. “I came back home, exhausted and didn’t know what to say to my mother,” the 30-year-old economist explained. “It was late in the night and I searched Instagram. Wow! I found a place where I could buy my mother’s medicine.” […]

IranSource by Fariba Parsa

Economic Sanctions Iran

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Trump vs Erdoğan: It’s hard to bluff when your cards are on the table

It is hard to take seriously threats by the US government to ruin the Turkish economy when Trump himself gave this green light in the first place. Under such circumstances, sanctions have almost no chance of succeeding in putting this genie back in the bottle.

New Atlanticist by Brian O'Toole

Economic Sanctions Syria

Fri, Sep 27, 2019

Slavin joins France 24 to discuss Trump, UNGA, and sanctions on Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions International Organizations

Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Hudson in Foreign Policy: The United States should lift sanctions on Sudan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Economic Sanctions

Tue, Sep 24, 2019

Key Sanctions Risks and Trends

On September 19th, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program’s Economic Sanctions Initiative hosted an event alongside Kharon to discuss key sanctions risks and trends. Ambassador Daniel Fried, the Weiser Family distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council, offered brief opening remarks to introduce the event’s topic and presenters.

Event Recap by Global Business & Economics Program

China Economic Sanctions

Sun, Sep 22, 2019

Sanctions explained: How a foreign policy problem becomes a sanctions program

Sanctions allow a US president to exercise power unilaterally and often expeditiously. They are often one of the few middle grounds between war and words.

Feature by Brian O'Toole and Samantha Sultoon

Economic Sanctions

Sat, Sep 21, 2019

Trump’s Iran test: Nerves and vision

President Trump’s maximum pressure and Iran’s escalating responses have increased the risks of conflict. They have also brought a new chance of resolution that may become the most significant test yet of President Trump’s ability to transform his disruptive foreign policy into positive outcomes.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Defense Policy Economic Sanctions

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

To deal, or not to deal: Iran remains divided on the United States

The Iranian leadership has been unable to find a consensus on when the negotiations should begin, or what a final agreement should achieve.

MENASource by Sara Bazoobandi

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Iranian central bank designation: What does it mean?

The only appreciable impact of the September 20 designation will be to further impair the delivery of food and medicine to the Iranian people, who are already struggling to get needed supplies and to antagonize US partners around the globe.

New Atlanticist by Brian O'Toole

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Sultoon quoted in Reuters on Iran’s central bank sanctions

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran


Tue, Oct 29, 2019

The Humanitarian Impact of US Sanctions on Iran

A new report by Human Rights Watch that analyses US designated exemptions for humanitarian trade with Iran. Panelists will discuss the report and how US secondary sanctions have effected Iranians’ access to healthcare.

12:00pm Washington DC DC

Tue, Oct 22, 2019

Fixing a Faltering Economy: A Conversation with Sudan’s Minister of Finance

The newly appointed Sudanese Minister of Finance, H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Elbadawi, discusses his reform agenda for the economy.

4:00pm Washington DC