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Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Global Magnitsky sanctions: Raising the human rights and anti-corruption bar

GloMag sanctions offer a targeted response to human rights violations and corruption, but have far-reaching implications for international businesses.

Issue Brief by Samantha Sultoon

Economic Sanctions

Fri, Nov 9, 2018

A road map of the re-imposed sanctions for Iran

President Trump announced on May 8, 2018 that the United States would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and the other P5+1 governments and re-impose nu- clear-related sanctions on Iran.

Issue Brief by David Mortlock and Nikki M. Cronin

Economic Sanctions Iran

Thu, Nov 8, 2018

US Sanctions: Using a coercive and economic tool effectively

In recent years, US economic and financial sanctions have become favored tools of US power. The centrality of the US financial system and the ubiquity of the US dollar in the global financial marketplace make sanctions a powerful tool to have on hand when confronting foreign policy challenges. The great danger is, however, that sanctions […]

Issue Brief by David Mortlock and Brian O’Toole

Fri, Jun 15, 2018

How to increase pressure if diplomacy with North Korea fails

The uncertain results of President Trump’s June 12 summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un underscore the fact that the United States needs to keep developing tools to intensify the “maximum pressure” campaign that helped bring North Korea to the negotiating table. If North Korea proves unwilling to denuclearize and diplomacy breaks down once […]

Issue Brief by Daleep Singh and Peter E. Harrell

China Korea

Mon, May 21, 2018

Secondary economic sanctions: Effective policy or risky business?

Economic sanctions have proven to be an important foreign policy tool for the Trump Administration. In less than a year, it has expanded existing economic sanctions in response to disputes with North Korea, Russia, Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela. In Secondary Economic Sanctions: Effective Policy or Risky Business, author John Forrer, senior fellow at the Atlantic […]

Issue Brief by John J. Forrer

Economy & Business

Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Iran sanctions and the fate of the JCPOA: What’s at stake if President Trump fails to renew the sanctions waivers?

With a May 12 deadline looming for sanctions waivers, US President Donald Trump is faced with an imminent decision whether to continue US implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Implementation (JCPOA) and remain part of the nuclear deal with Iran and the P5+1 governments (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, […]

Issue Brief by David Mortlock

Iran National Security

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Aligning economic sanctions

As part of the Atlantic Council’s “Economic Sanctions Initiative,” the issue brief examines the challenges to aligning economic sanctions, with a focus on the economic sanctions on Russia in response to the annexation of Crimea. The author also explains why achieving well-aligned economic sanctions should be an important foreign policy objective: Well-aligned sanctions are more […]

Issue Brief by John Forrer

Economic Sanctions

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

The new Russia sanctions law: what it does and how to make it work

In “The New Russia Sanctions Law–What It Does and How to Make It Work,” authors Ambassador Daniel Fried, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and former coordinator for sanctions policy at the US State Department, and Brian O’Toole, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, explain that Congress primarily adopted the law to block […]

Issue Brief by Daniel Fried and Brian O’Toole

Economic Sanctions Russia

Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The Euro’s Difficult Future

In The Euro’s Difficult Future – Competitiveness Imbalances and the Eurozone’s North-South Divide author Luigi Bonatti, a professor of economics at the University of Trento in Italy, stresses that the existing North-South competitiveness divide creates growing tensions between member countries and fuels hostility towards European Union institutions. The paper illustrates why this competitiveness divide is […]

Report by Luigi Bonatti

European Union Fiscal and Structural Reform

Wed, Jul 12, 2017

The European Union Could Be Simple, Inclusive, or Effective. Pick Two.

To many, the European Union (EU) is a complex entity overburdened by rules. In The European Union Could Be Simple, Inclusive, or Effective. Pick Two., author Dimiter Toshkov, an associate professor at the Institute of Public Administration at Leiden University, presents the structural dilemma facing the EU: accommodating the diverse interests of twenty-eight member states […]

Report by Dimiter Toshkov

European Union Fiscal and Structural Reform