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This programme aims to examine complex challenges surrounding the design and implementation of sanctions, and promote collaboration between the public and private sector to tackle them.

Sanctions are one of the international community’s primary tools for addressing threats to international peace and security – whether terrorism, military aggression, nuclear and missile programmes, or human rights abuses. Their implementation depends on a vast number of private and public sector organisations, whose experiences are vital to ensuring that current and future sanctions regimes work effectively towards stated aims.

This programme explores these dynamics and contributes to ongoing policy discussions over the use of sanctions. It has three components:

  • A transatlantic sanctions working group, composed of internationally renowned experts from the public and private sectors, which will meet in London and New York;
  • Research on the implementation of country-based sanctions regimes, such as those on Iran, North Korea, Russia and Syria, as well as approaches to refining the use of economic sanctions as a tool of coercive diplomacy; and,
  • Implementation assistance for governments and companies seeking to comply with  UN financial sanctions.

This initiative is funded by a collection of partners from the public and private sector. Headed by Tom Keatinge, Andrea Berger, and Sarah Lain, it builds on RUSI’s long-standing expertise in country-based sanctions regimes, trends and tactics in sanctions evasion, and approaches to combating financial crime.


Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi
Research Fellow +44 (0) 20 7747 2632
Tom Keatinge
Director, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, RUSI
Sarah Lain
Research Fellow
Emil Dall
Research Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy

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