Making sanctions work as a foreign policy tool

How is the use of sanctions evolving and what are the challenges of using them as a foreign policy tool?

Research event Recording
19 March 2024 — 9:00AM TO 10:30AM
Chatham House

Event recording

Anne-Marie Trevelyan gives a speech on UK sanctions policy

Sanctions are a prominent instrument of foreign and security policy. In the context of increasing global threats, they are being deployed in different circumstances and to achieve a range of objectives, but debate continues over how and when they are effective.

The UK has played a key role in the design and deployment of sanctions over many years, linked in part to its role as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. The UK’s departure from the EU, combined with the unprecedented scale of sanctions adopted by G7 partners in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, has led to a major restructuring and expansion in the UK government’s sanctions effort.

On 22 February the UK government published a new sanctions strategy under the rubric ‘Deter, Disrupt and Demonstrate’. The strategy provides an end-to-end guide of the UK government’s approach – including decision-making criteria and guiding principles, international partnerships, and investment in implementation and enforcement.

In light of the recently launched strategy, this research event, hosted by Chatham House’s Global Economy and Finance Programme, began with a keynote address by FCDO Sanctions Minister, The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, followed by an expert panel discussion.

This event was organized by Chatham House in association with FCDO. 

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