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Are Sanctions Working?

July 31, 2019 • 9:00 – 11:45 am EDT
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The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is pleased to invite you to Are Sanctions Working?, a conference examining the state of U.S. sanctions―what is different, what is and is not working, and implications for U.S. foreign policy, the global economy, and the energy sector.

The United States has employed sanctions as a foreign policy mechanism for decades.  In recent years, the United States has developed a new generation of more targeted, more agile economic sanctions.  It has become increasingly reliant on these new tools, and its ambitions for their impact have increased.

Whether more robust sanctions regimes have won any clear victories is a matter of debate.   In the last three years, U.S.-imposed unilateral and secondary sanctions regimes have sought to influence North Korea, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela.  But countries that have been subject to sanctions for years have found ways to adjust to U.S. moves.

This conference will review the efficacy of the new style of U.S. sanctions, understand what is contributing to their success or failure, and gauge their future.  Speakers will also explore how sustained use of sanctions is impacting one universally important sector: the energy sector.


Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS

Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Sanctions and Foreign Policy
Heather Conley, Jon Alterman, Jeffrey Mankoff, Moises Rendon, Matthew Goodman

Sanctions and the Energy Sector
Peter Flanagan, Sarah Ladislaw, Kevin Book, Stephanie Segal

This event is made possible by general funding to CSIS and the CSIS Energy & National Security Program.
John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Sarah Ladislaw

Sarah Ladislaw

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program
Matthew P. Goodman

Matthew P. Goodman

Former Senior Vice President for Economics
Jon Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program
Stephanie Segal

Stephanie Segal

Former Senior Fellow, Economics Program
Kevin Book
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program
Jeffrey Mankoff
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program
Moises Rendon
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program

Heather A. Conley

Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury