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Economic Sanctions: 2019 Data and Trends

By Aleksandra Srdanovic — January 27, 2020

Economic sanctions have become a primary tool of national security and foreign policy for the Donald Trump administration, and are being used to a much greater extent than during the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. What has sanctions policy looked like in 2019, what is the purpose of sanctions, and are they achieving their intended goals? This New Center issue brief provides further insight.

Numbers At-A-Glance

  • Under comprehensive sanctions

    all activities with a sanctioned entity are prohibited.

  • 26 new penalties

    were enforced or settlements reached between OFAC and companies for violations of various sanctions regulations

  • 768 new entries

    added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list

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