How do you sanction a problem like Russia?

For nearly a decade, the United States and its allies have been levying sanctions against Moscow in an effort to deter its revanchist behavior and contain its malign influence activities. 

And over this period, Western policymakers and analysts have had vigorous debates about what constitutes the most effective sanctions policy. Are individual sanctions effective? Or should we be focusing on sectoral sanctions that target entire sectors of the economy? Have sanctions achieved their intended policy objectives? And what can be done to make them more effective?

On this week’s Power Vertical Podcast, host Brian Whitmore speaks with Ilya Zaslavskiy, the author of an important new report on sanctions policy, and Josh Rudolph, Fellow for Malign Finance at the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy who coordinated work on Russia sanctions at the White House’s National Security Council under President Barack Obama.

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