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The Future of U.S. Sanctions Policy With Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo and Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

Oct 21, 2021
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET


Economic and financial sanctions are an integral lever of U.S. national security and foreign policy. The dozens of active U.S. sanctions programs can also come with unintended challenges. As the Treasury Department completes its top-to-bottom U.S. sanctions policy review, what conclusions have been made and what will the future use of this powerful tool look like? Treasury's recently released sanctions review emphasizes the need for stronger multilateral efforts, modernization of sanctions tools to address emerging technology threats, and more effective targeting of sanctions.

On Thursday, October 21 Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo, who led the department’s review, joined the Center for a New American Security for a wide-ranging conversation on the findings and what to expect from the Biden administration’s use of sanctions moving forward. He was joined by former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Ambassador Paula Dobriansky. The event included audience questions moderated by CNAS Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economic and Security Program Emily Kilcrease.


Wally Adeyemo
Deputy Treasury Secretary

Jack Lew
Former Treasury Secretary

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky
Former United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland

Emily Kilcrease
Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economic and Security Program