US Election 2020: What's in Store for Sanctions?

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If it’s Trump or if it’s Biden, the US sanctions strategy is sure to be impacted by the upcoming election. How will the results affect Washington’s current favoured foreign policy tool?

Whether it is the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran, expanding economic pressure on Venezuela, responding to political developments in Hong Kong, or disagreements with the International Criminal Court, Washington's favoured foreign policy tool is sanctions, and their use has been on the rise during the Trump administration.

This event takes stock of the last four years of sanctions emerging from both the White House and the US Congress, and examine how the US election could shift the current consensus on sanctions. If Trump is re-elected, could sanctions expand further? Will a Biden administration necessarily take a different approach? And what will Republicans and Democrats in Congress seek to achieve?

The event features esteemed experts in US sanctions policy:

  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economic and Security Program at the Center for New American Security; formerly a Senior Advisor on financial and energy sanctions in the US Department of the Treasury from 2009-2013.
  • Nicholas Turner of Steptoe & Johnson Hong Kong and a RUSI Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies Associate Fellow, specialising in economic sanctions and author of the widely read “Sanctions Top-5 Index” newsletter.
  • Dr. Sascha Lohmann, SWP (German Institute for International and Security Affairs), an expert in transatlantic sanctions policy and US foreign policy.

The discussion will be chaired by Emil Dall, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, RUSI.

The webinar forms part of a series of panels, organised by RUSI's Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, which examine the impact of the US elections on global illicit finance.

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