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.



Tue, Jun 16, 2020

The rise of Central Bank digital currencies

What exactly is a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and how is it different than your credit card?

EconoGraphics by Global Business and Economics Program and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Digital Policy Economic Sanctions

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

Crimea could become an expensive liability for Putin

The annexation of Crimea is proving expensive for the Kremlin. With Russia now facing an economic crisis fueled by the coronavirus pandemic and falling global energy prices, Putin's crowning glory may become a political liability.

UkraineAlert by Andreas Umland

Conflict Coronavirus

Thu, Jun 4, 2020

Fishman in Lawfare on how to fix America’s failing sanctions policy

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Russia

Wed, Jun 3, 2020

Hudson quoted in Bloomberg on Sudan’s search for revenue sources to pay 1998 embassy bombing settlement

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Democratic Transitions

Tue, May 26, 2020

Expert panel briefs Congressional staffers on Sudan

On Tuesday, May 26, the Africa Center hosted a closed Sudan briefing for Congressional staffers who are currently at work on several important pieces of Sudan-related legislation. The private briefing featured remarks from Sudanese Minister of Finance H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Elbadawi and Sudanese Minister of Justice H.E. Nasredeen Abdulbari, followed by an expert panel of DC-based Sudan experts.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Transitions

Fri, May 22, 2020

Hudson quoted in the Middle East Eye on Sudan and the United States reaching a preliminary settlement over 1998 embassy bombings

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Democratic Transitions

Tue, May 19, 2020

Hudson joins the World to discuss recent US Supreme Court ruling on Sudan and compensation for victims of the 1998 embassy bombings

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Democratic Transitions

Thu, May 14, 2020

Iran’s stock market: Growth in the midst of a recession?

Given the overall economic conditions in Iran (i.e. low growth, production and consumption) maintaining the growth of the stock exchange will be challenging both for the companies and the government.

New Atlanticist by Sara Bazoobandi

Economic Sanctions International Markets

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