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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, Jan 16, 2020

The effect of US sanctions on the Iran-Iraq alliance

The potential sanctions against Iraq under consideration now could damage the United States’ goals in that country and would only embolden Iran’s position—the exact scenario that US policy has tried to avoid. Economic countermeasures, such as restrictions to Iraq’s Federal Reserve accounts—could not only cede economic clout within Iraq to Tehran but could also have significant impact on the US dollar's global position.

New Atlanticist by Michael Greenwald

Economic Sanctions

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Stemming Maduro’s Illicit Activities: What’s Next After the Jan. 5 Elections?

Beyond hyperinflation and human rights abuses, the Maduro regime has diversified its criminal portfolio and profited from a host of illicit activities, from drug smuggling to illegal mining.

Event Recap by Pablo Reynoso

Corruption Crisis Management

Fri, Jan 10, 2020

Chemali quoted in CNN on US imposed sanctions on Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran

Wed, Jan 8, 2020

Kadhim quoted in PBS on US sanctions against Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iraq

Wed, Jan 8, 2020

Hausheer Ali joins Alghad TV (Arabic) to discuss Trump’s confrontation with Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Arabic Conflict

Wed, Jan 8, 2020

Slavin quoted in JNS on Trump’s address on Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran

Tue, Dec 17, 2019

Russia gas pipeline sanctions legislation (PEES Act): A way ahead

Enacting the sanctions mandated by the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEES Act), for all its careful crafting, may not actually block Nord Stream II but may instead burden the US-German relationship. Rather than impose sanctions, the administration should waive them for now but prepare even stronger contingency sanctions to be implemented should the Kremlin once again use gas exports as political leverage against Ukraine, Central Europe, or the Baltics.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Economic Sanctions European Union

Sun, Dec 15, 2019

Slavin quoted in Albawaba News on Iran protests and U.S. sanctions influencing Iranian youth

In the News by Atlantic Council

Corruption Defense Policy

Fri, Dec 13, 2019

Hudson quoted in Anadolu Agency on the prospects for US sanctions relief in Sudan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Economic Sanctions

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Tavakol joins Anadolu Agency to discuss the discovery of the new oil fields in Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Energy Markets & Governance