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, Sep 12, 2019

Russia’s intervention in Venezuela: What’s at stake?

Venezuela is suffering one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory, Russia has become a key actor that has provided a lifeline of support to Maduro and his cronies. Today, Russia’s efforts to prop up Nicolás Maduro have been a relatively low-cost, but high reward strategy for Moscow to sow further instability in the United States' own hemisphere.

Report by John E. Herbst and Jason Marczak

Democratic Transitions Economic Sanctions

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

It’s time to admit that we don’t understand Iran’s economy

The United States is pursuing an “economic war” on the basis of a very crude understanding of Iran’s economy. Should the goal of its sanctions policy be havoc, such an understanding will suffice.

IranSource by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

The Trump administration’s Iran policy shows meager results

Though there are differences between factions about how to confront the United States, the heavy US pressure on Tehran in recent months has led to a rally-around-the-flag effect as Iranians push back against what many view as a Western imperialism.

IranSource by Holly Dagres

Economic Sanctions Iran

Tue, Aug 20, 2019

The financial implications of deploying sanctions in Hong Kong

If the situation worsens in Hong Kong, Washington should not hesitate to not only use Global Magnitsky, but also take tangible steps to boost its hard power position in the region.

New Atlanticist by Michael B. Greenwald

China Economic Sanctions

Tue, Aug 13, 2019

The winners and losers of the US-China trade war

The world continues to become more economically intertwined as each day passes, and as the US-China conflict escalates, more countries will find themselves impacted for better or for worse via supply chains, foreign demand and investment, and insecurity.

New Atlanticist by Andrew LaScaleia

China Economic Sanctions

Mon, Aug 5, 2019

New Russia sanctions: Justified, but feeble and awkward

Muddied signals, weak sanctions, and uncertain rollout are no way to respond to Putin’s continuing misdeeds.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried, Brian O'Toole, and David Mortlock

Economic Sanctions Russia

Sun, Aug 4, 2019

Dagres quoted in the Independent on Iran’s seizure of an oil tanker

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Aug 2, 2019

Lift sanctions on Russia? Really?

This issue is simple enough: sanctions were imposed in response to aggression; sanctions can be lifted when and if that aggression ends.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Economic Sanctions Russia

Fri, Aug 2, 2019

Slavin quoted in the National Interest on US sanctions on Iran

Uncategorized by Jasper Gilardi

Economic Sanctions Iran

Thu, Aug 1, 2019

Slavin in Axios on US sanctions on Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran