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Thu, Apr 15, 2021

FAST THINKING: Biden hits back at Putin

Today the Biden administration hit thirty-two Russian government officials and entities, plus six companies, with economic sanctions in retaliation for the SolarWinds hack, 2020 election interference, and other Russian malfeasance. What measures matter most?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Global Sanctions Dashboard: March

The Global Sanctions Dashboard aims to inform economic statecraft policies by analyzing sanctions globally and identifying trends across lists in partnership with Castellum.AI.

EconoGraphics by Julia Friedlander, Michael Albanese and Castellum.AI

China Economic Sanctions

Tue, Apr 13, 2021

What if Russia invades Ukraine (again)? Consider these options for sanctions escalation.

Whatever Putin’s intentions, the Kremlin’s anti-Ukrainian propaganda has not been so loud since 2014. The United States and its allies need to respond in order to prevent a major military escalation at worst and at least blunt Putin’s effort to gain political advantage through intimidation.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole, Daniel Fried

Crisis Management Economic Sanctions

Fri, Apr 9, 2021

Norrlöf in Washington Post on China and Russia’s plan to “de-dollarize”

Read the full article here.

In the News by Dr. Carla Norrlöf

China Economic Sanctions

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

Slavin joins i24 to discuss lifting US sanctions on Iran

In the News

Economic Sanctions Iran

Mon, Apr 5, 2021

The end of the Gulf rift may not signal the end of Turkey-Qatar relations

Early this year, changing regional power balances drove Qatar and the GCC bloc to a normalization agreement, almost four years after the imposition of an embargo on Qatar. During that time, Qatar and Turkey developed an increasingly close and multifaceted relationship. Although cutting military ties between Qatar and Turkey had been on the original list of demands issued by the Saudi led bloc, don't expect any in Turkey-Qatar relations.

TURKEYSource by Meliha Benli Altunışık

Defense Industry Economic Sanctions

Fri, Apr 2, 2021

From Myanmar to Iran: Kroenig and Ashford debate Chinese influence around the world

On April 2, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss vulnerabilities to the global trading system, China’s preferences for what happens in Myanmar, and the consequences of China imposing retaliatory sanctions […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Economic Sanctions

Tue, Mar 23, 2021

Three implications of the US-China confrontation in Anchorage

After the meeting in Alaska, sanctions on China's officials, and other key events of the past week, here are three main takeaways.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

China Economic Sanctions

Fri, Mar 19, 2021

Kroenig quoted in Politico on the future of the US-China relationship

Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig was quoted in a Vox article on President Biden's decision to extend New START for five years.

In the News by Atlantic Council

China East Asia

Wed, Mar 17, 2021

How do you sanction a problem like Lukashenka?

The West is looking to increase sanctions against Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka but must also tread carefully to avoid creating opportunities for Russia to expand its geopolitical influence.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Economic Sanctions