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.



Fri, Sep 27, 2019

Slavin joins France 24 to discuss Trump, UNGA, and sanctions on Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions International Organizations

Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Hudson in Foreign Policy: The United States should lift sanctions on Sudan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Economic Sanctions

Tue, Sep 24, 2019

Key Sanctions Risks and Trends

On September 19th, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program’s Economic Sanctions Initiative hosted an event alongside Kharon to discuss key sanctions risks and trends. Ambassador Daniel Fried, the Weiser Family distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council, offered brief opening remarks to introduce the event’s topic and presenters.

Event Recap by Global Business & Economics Program

China Economic Sanctions

Sun, Sep 22, 2019

Sanctions explained: How a foreign policy problem becomes a sanctions program

Sanctions allow a US president to exercise power unilaterally and often expeditiously. They are often one of the few middle grounds between war and words.

Feature by Brian O'Toole and Samantha Sultoon

Economic Sanctions

Sat, Sep 21, 2019

Trump’s Iran test: Nerves and vision

President Trump’s maximum pressure and Iran’s escalating responses have increased the risks of conflict. They have also brought a new chance of resolution that may become the most significant test yet of President Trump’s ability to transform his disruptive foreign policy into positive outcomes.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Defense Policy Economic Sanctions

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

To deal, or not to deal: Iran remains divided on the United States

The Iranian leadership has been unable to find a consensus on when the negotiations should begin, or what a final agreement should achieve.

MENASource by Sara Bazoobandi

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Iranian central bank designation: What does it mean?

The only appreciable impact of the September 20 designation will be to further impair the delivery of food and medicine to the Iranian people, who are already struggling to get needed supplies and to antagonize US partners around the globe.

New Atlanticist by Brian O'Toole

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Sultoon quoted in Reuters on Iran’s central bank sanctions

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Secondary sanctions’ implications and the transatlantic relationship

The term secondary sanctions provokes strong reactions from allies and markets. Due to the power of the US dollar, breadth of the US market, and dominance of the US financial system, even the threat of secondary sanctions prompts many non-US companies to change their behavior to avoid the risk of such sanctions. Although this approach has furthered US policies, it has resulted in transatlantic political divergence and enhanced compliance uncertainty among private sector actors.

Issue Brief by Samantha Sultoon & Justine Walker

China Economic Sanctions

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Slavin in The American Conservative: Iran and the Poisonous Fruits of ‘Maximum Pressure’

In the News by

Economic Sanctions Iran


Thu, Dec 12, 2019

One year into the United States’ maximum pressure campaign on Iran

In a paper published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in November 2019, distinguished experts discuss the long-term significance of the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, with regard to Iran’s domestic politics, economy, and regional policy, as well as US policy toward Iran and European–Iranian relations.

9:00am Washington DC