Energy, Economics and Security

The Energy, Economics and Security program analyzes the changing global marketplace and implications for U.S. national security and foreign policy. Shifting energy dynamics, the geopolitical challenges associated with a changing climate and powerful economic forces all shape U.S. global leadership. In a highly interconnected global system, leaders must increasingly leverage energy and financial assets to defend and promote U.S. national interests. The Energy, Economics and Security program develops practical strategies to help decision-makers understand, anticipate and respond.

The Energy, Economics and Security Team

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  • April 18, 2016
  • Press Releases

CNAS Releases “The New Tools of Economic Warfare: Effects and Effectiveness of Contemporary U.S. Financial Sanctions”

  Washington, April 18 – As targeted financial sanctions become an ever-larger piece of the U.S. national security tool kit, the Center for a New American Security has released a new report, “The New Tools of Economic Warfare: The Effects and Effectiveness of Contemporary U.S. Financial Sanctions...

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  • April 18, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Zachary K. Goldman, Dr. Daniel Drezner, Julia Solomon-Strauss
  • In the News

So you want to know more about economic sanctions…

The hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts has noted the increased interest and attention that economic sanctions have been receiving in D.C. Last year, sanctions played a surprisingly prominent role in the U.S. National Security Strategy. This month, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew gave an...

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  • April 15, 2016
  • In the News

Top Treasury Official Warns Against Over-Reliance on Sanctions

Though the Obama administration has often resorted to financial sanctions to coerce foreign adversaries into better behavior, a top Treasury official warned Friday that overusing the measures risks damaging the long-term vitality of the U.S. economy and the economies of friendly nations. “...

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  • April 15, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Zachary K. Goldman, Dr. Daniel Drezner, Julia Solomon-Strauss
  • Reports

The New Tools of Economic Warfare: Effects and Effectiveness of Contemporary U.S. Financial Sanctions

Economic sanctions have become an increasingly important way for the United States to project power and advance its national interests. Most recently, innovative and effective sanctions have addressed Iran’s nuclear program and Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, demonstrating the importance of...

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  • April 15, 2016
  • Events

U.S. Sanctions and National Security

The Center for a New American Security and the Center on Law and Security cordially invite you to attend a Policy Conference on:  U.S. Sanctions and National Security   Featuring a Keynote Policy Address by:  Adam SzubinActing Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial IntelligenceU.S. Department...

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  • March 30, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

How U.S. trade sanctions are no longer punishments

The use of sanctions in the U.S. have become are more “targeted” and “engineered” in recent years, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said during a speech in Washington Wednesday morning. “If you go back to early sanctions programs, it was pretty much on or off,” he said. “You cut a country off and...

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  • March 23, 2016
  • Peter Harrell
  • Op-eds

To strengthen the Iran deal, impose tough sanctions on Iran’s missile tests

With Iran’s recent launch of advanced ballistic missiles, Iranian hardliners are testing the resolve of the U.S. and our partners to confront Iranian aggression that challenges the nuclear agreement that came into effect earlier this year. A forceful U.S. and international response to the Iranian...

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  • January 16, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Oil glut dampens Iran’s hopes for big cash flows as sanctions lift

Iran is about to get a refresher course in the capricious nature of the oil market and the durable nature of economic sanctions. When U.S. and other international sanctions were tightened in 2012 and took nearly 700,000 barrels a day of Iranian crude oil off world markets, the price of an average...

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  • January 16, 2016
  • Peter Harrell
  • In the News

U.S. lifts ban on foreign units of American companies operating in Iran

The United States will allow foreign subsidiaries of American companies to trade with Iran as part of sanctions relief granted under an international nuclear deal, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Saturday. The move will give U.S. companies the chance of gaining a toehold in Iran. With a large...

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  • December 17, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Islamic State's Money Is the Target of Finance Ministers at UN

In the first meeting of its kind, top finance ministers will preside over a United Nations Security Council vote to dismantle the financial network of Islamic State and choke off the extremist group’s access to money from oil and looting. The presence of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew as chair,...

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