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.



Mon, May 11, 2020

Trump’s JCPOA withdrawal two years on: Maximum pressure, minimum outcomes

Two years ago, US President Donald J. Trump walked into the White House Diplomatic Reception Room and announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Iran and has adopted a policy of “maximum pressure” to compel Iran to change its behavior […]

Issue Brief by David Mortlock

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Mon, May 4, 2020

A serious but flawed look at peace in the Donbas

The conflict in the Donbas cannot be solved by Ukraine and Russia alone, but the West must not unconditionally accept a "Russian consensus" to achieve it.

UkraineAlert by John E. Herbst

Conflict Economic Sanctions

Mon, Apr 20, 2020

Containing Russian influence in Venezuela

The Russian government has been instrumental in preserving the Maduro regime, despite years of intense domestic and international pressure favoring a democratic transition, providing the regime invaluable diplomatic leverage, security personnel, and material, as well as an economic lifeline. The US strategy for a democratic Venezuela must recognize these realities and focus on containing Russian influence in Venezuela, as it cannot end it.

EnergySource by David L. Goldwyn and Andrea Clabough

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Sat, Apr 11, 2020

Hudson in allAfrica: Sudan’s revolution one year after the fall of the dictatorship

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Democratic Transitions

Wed, Apr 8, 2020

Jamil in The National Interest: America Must Lead on Sanctions Relief for Coronavirus-Stricken North Korea

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus East Asia

Mon, Apr 6, 2020

The case for public health sanctions

Public health sanctions should be deemed just as significant of a national security priority as sanctions against Iran and North Korea. In a globalized world, a territory’s poor public health standards or purposeful concealment of information about pandemic activity is practically an act of war against the rest of the world. As such, it makes sense that this negligence warrants economic sanctions consequences on par with those used to punish terror finance violations.

New Atlanticist by Michael Greenwald

Coronavirus Economic Sanctions

Mon, Apr 6, 2020

Herbst joins Ambassadors Pifer and Taylor in NPR op-ed with ideas on ending war in Ukraine

Eurasia Center Director John Herbst joined Ambassadors Steven Pifer and William Taylor, all former US ambassadors to Ukraine, to write an op-ed, published by NPR, outlining how the coronavirus crisis may be an opportunity to end the war in Ukraine

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Coronavirus

Mon, Apr 6, 2020

Lift Iran sanctions, but hit back hard if necessary

Only by suspending sanctions explicitly and across-the-board can the United States make a critical point directly to the people of Iran: Americans care about your health and well-being, even as your rulers suffocate you with breathtaking incompetence, bottomless corruption, and an appetite for violent aggression that wastes vital resources for the benefit of the lowest political lifeforms in the Arab world.

New Atlanticist by Frederic C. Hof

Coronavirus Economic Sanctions

Thu, Apr 2, 2020

Slavin quoted in Al Jazeera on coronavirus in Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economic Sanctions

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Reconciling sanctions and humanitarian need during COVID-19

As the world economy shuts down to try to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the humanitarian collateral effects of sanctions become more pronounced and potentially deadly. But the argument that the United States should unilaterally roll back sanctions draws a false dichotomy; sanctions do not have to be suspended or rolled back for the United States to better address humanitarian concerns.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole

Cuba Economic Sanctions


Tue, Jul 14, 2020

MH17 and the elusive search for justice

ONLINE EVENT - On the occasion of the sixth anniversary, we evaluate the trial and where matters currently stand, assess how the Kremlin has been held accountable thus far, and discuss what political implications lie ahead.