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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.



Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Fishman in War on the Rocks: Make Russia sanctions effective again

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Russia

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Sudan is removed from the terror list. Now what?

After twenty-seven years on the US State Sponsor of Terrorism list, President Trump today announced, via Twitter, that Sudan’s terror designation was at long last being removed. While many details of the deal struck between the Trump Administration and the transitional authorities in Sudan have yet to emerge, the announcement by itself should be welcomed as a major achievement for both Washington and Khartoum.

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Democratic Transitions

Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Slavin quoted in The New York Times on America’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign against Iran

In the News

Economic Sanctions Iran

Tue, Oct 13, 2020

New sanctions on Iran’s banks: Crippling or more window dressing?

Policy actions like these are a continuation of a foreign policy toward Iran that appears characterized by spite rather than achievable policy ends.

IranSource by Brian O’Toole

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Fishman in the Washington Post: No, Trump has not been ‘tough’ on Russia

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Russia

Fri, Oct 9, 2020

Event recap: A conversation with Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Justin Muzinich

A recap of the event featuring Deputy Secretary of US Treasury Justin Muzinich, who joined the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center for an address on the transatlantic economy.

Event Recap by GeoEconomics Center

Economic Sanctions Europe & Eurasia

Fri, Oct 9, 2020

How did Russia’s security services capture the Kremlin?

On October 5, the Eurasia Center launched the English-language translation of "Lubyanka federation: How the FSB determines the politics and economics of Russia," a groundbreaking new work by the Dossier Center utilizing confidential sources placed inside the Russian security services.

Event Recap by Sabrina Hernandez

Corruption Economic Sanctions

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Tackling the China threat with economic statecraft

Decoupling the US and Chinese economies does little to address the more fundamental threat posed by China’s efforts to rewrite the global rulebook.

New Atlanticist by David Mortlock

China Economic Sanctions

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

The illusion of decoupling the semiconductor industry: Latest US restrictions on China short-sighted

The action against SMIC, which reflects concerns about the use of US chip-making technology for military purposes and which follows steps put into effect on September 15 to choke off the supply of chips to Huawei Technologies Co., is likely to prove shortsighted. It will incur costs for US companies while failing to ensure them supply chain independence.

New Atlanticist by Jeremy Mark

China Digital Policy

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Herbst and Cagan in Morning Consult: Opposition to Nord Stream 2 sanctions is misguided

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Germany


Fri, Nov 6, 2020

Backing Batka: Russia’s strategic economic integration with Belarus

ONLINE EVENT - The current drama in Belarus is, above all, a popular political uprising—but it also has a significant economic cause. The struggling Belarusian economy is being propped up by Russian firms who back Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the illegitimate president who refuses to leave office.