Sanctions have always played an essential role in U.S. foreign policy. They’re a powerful tool for preventing hostilities, holding violent actors accountable and unifying a network of allies and partners. As the United States continues to rally the international community around sanctioning Russia for their unprovoked war against Ukraine, understanding where sanctions come from and how they work is essential for strengthening U.S. efforts to build peace around the world.

On December 8, USIP held a conversation on the evolution of U.S. sanctions and how they can be used more effectively to resolve international conflicts without violence. The discussion looked at how U.S. sanctions have changed throughout history, how they work today, where they might go in the future and how they can contribute to ending the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Continue the conversation on Twitter using #USSanctionsPolicy.

Speakers

Lise Grande, opening remarks
President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

Stephen Rademaker
Senior Counsel, Covington; Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation

Stephen J. Hadley, moderator
Former U.S. National Security Advisor; Former Chair, Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace

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