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Currently, our work on sanctions policy consists of:
RUSI Task Force on the Future of UK Sanctions Policy
RUSI’s high-level taskforce, composed of former officials, academic and policy experts and private sector senior executives will provide recommendations on what UK sanctions policy should look like after Brexit.
While the government has established the necessary architecture to continue to design and implement sanctions after Brexit, it is less clear how these powers will be used in practice. The UK could use its newly-gained independence to become a leader, designing sanctions that are proactive tools of its foreign policy objectives. The UK could also choose to closely align its future policy with that of the EU’s, whilst balancing the needs of its other strategic partners such as the US.
The initiative, which is generously supported by Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, will consider these questions in detail and bring much-needed input to a debate that will shape UK sanctions policy. The Taskforce will publish recommendations on what UK sanctions policy should look like in the coming years, culminating in 2020 with the publication of a final report which will detail the key findings of the group.
Ongoing research on sanctions policy
In addition to the Taskforce, our work also includes research on the implementation of country-based sanctions regimes, and the use of economic sanctions as a foreign policy tool more broadly. Our work builds on RUSI’s long-standing expertise in analysing country-based sanctions regimes, trends and tactics in sanctions evasion, and approaches to combating financial crime.
Past work includes:
- A high-level transatlantic working group to examine sanctions coordination between the United States and Europe, culminating in the RUSI Occasional Paper ‘Transatlantic (Mis)alignment: Challenges to US-EU Sanctions Design and Implementation’.
- Several externally-published reports examining specific sanctions issues, including with CNAS on the future of transatlantic sanctions on Russia, and most recently with Columbia University on European sanctions policy.
- Written and oral evidence to several parliamentary enquiries on the future of UK sanctions after Brexit, as well as specific country-based regimes.
- Research and publications on country-based sanctions regimes.