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, Jan 14, 2021

Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal: Not so easy

President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, 2021, facing a litany of daunting foreign policy issues, from another massive cyber hack by Russian intelligence to alienated allies in Europe and beyond to a regime in Pyongyang that continues to proliferate weapons of mass destruction unchecked. But perhaps the stickiest—and most immediate—crisis the Biden administration […]

Issue Brief by Brian O’Toole

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Countering Russia’s challenge to the free world

Over the past decade, the Kremlin has executed a concerted strategy to undermine the cohesion of, and confidence in, democratically-elected governments in Europe and around the world. In response, leading democracies have acted to counter Russia by enacting sanctions and pursuing other measures aimed at defending frontline states against Russian aggression.

Issue Brief by Edward Fishman, Ash Jain

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Thu, Dec 17, 2020

Sanctions against Turkey over Russian arms: Has the United States found a sweet spot?

With its sanctions against Turkey's main defense-procurement entity, the United States may have found a sweet spot: sanctions strong enough to capture Turkish attention but not so sweeping as to shut down bilateral security and arms relations with a NATO ally.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Defense Industry Defense Technologies

Mon, Dec 14, 2020

What Sudan’s terror delisting really means

The announcement today that the forty-five day notification period to Congress had elapsed and Sudan was finally off the US State Sponsors of Terrorism list is historic. It validates the new direction of the country, which it was set upon nearly two years ago by nationwide, peaceful street protests. More importantly, it represents a definitive break with Sudan’s troubled past—the true end of the Bashir era, which began more than thirty years ago—and holds out the hope for a more prosperous future for all Sudanese. The weight of the moment cannot be understated.

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Democratic Transitions

Thu, Dec 10, 2020

The European Magnitsky Law—A milestone with a lot of potential

The European Magnitsky Act has some limitations, but if implemented and enforced consistently, it has the potential to make a large impact in the global fight against human rights abuse because of the opportunity it creates for the United States and Europe to coordinate their efforts together.

New Atlanticist by Hagar Hajjar Chemali

Economic Sanctions European Union

Mon, Dec 7, 2020

US investors face half-baked Trump restrictions on Chinese securities

As the Trump administration tries to accelerate economic decoupling from China before leaving office, it has turned its attention to international finance by targeting investments in Chinese companies designated as threats to US national security. In that process, it is injecting uncertainty into markets by forcing investors to adjust to rapidly evolving restrictions.

New Atlanticist by Jeremy Mark

China Economic Sanctions

Wed, Dec 2, 2020

Borghard in Modern War Institute: The economic aspects of great power competition

Erica writes about the role of economic statecraft in great power competition and the dangers of the United States’ overreliance on economic power for coercive purposes. More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Economic Sanctions

Fri, Nov 27, 2020

Linscott in The Hindu: Putting trade ties on a new footing

In the News by Atlantic Council

Americas Economic Sanctions

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Defending the United States against Russian dark money

Warfare has evolved and the United States now faces a major unconventional threat: Russia's estimated $1 trillion of dark money. With it, the Kremlin can wreak havoc if the US fails to act and recognize this national security threat for what it is.

Report by Anders Åslund, Julia Friedlander

Corruption Economic Sanctions

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Russia sanctions bite and remind us of the value of transatlantic unity

Despite some early hesitation and Moscow’s attempts to discredit them, the sanctions are working. They have had an undeniable effect on the Russian economy, which Moscow cannot overlook in its decision-making.

New Atlanticist by Juha Rainne

Economic Sanctions Russia


Thu, Jan 28, 2021

The complexities of unraveling US sanctions and returning to the JCPOA

Online Event A new paper written by Brian O'Toole, discusses the complexities of sanctions relief in particular and the prospects for US diplomacy with Iran under the Biden administration.

12:00pm Arms Control Economic Sanctions Economy & Business Iran

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