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This project examines the complex challenges surrounding the design and implementation of sanctions and promotes collaboration between the public and private sector to tackle them.

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:


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