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CNAS Forms Task Force to Advise Gov’t on US Sanctions Practices

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The Center for a New American Security has formed a new task force focused on providing ideas that work to help the administration and Congress develop and implement sanctions against entities that violate U.S. policies.

CNAS said Tuesday the Future of U.S. Sanctions Task Force within its energy, economics and security program will conduct closed-door meetings over the next 18 months and publish commentaries and reports on U.S. sanctions issues.

Paula Dobriansky of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Adam Szubin of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies will co-chair the group.

Elizabeth Rosenberg and Peter Harrell of CNAS’ Energy, Economics and Security Program will serve as task force coordinators, the think tank added.

The task force also includes foreign policy experts and business leaders from organizations such as Airbus, Atlantic Council, Ernst & Young, Financial Integrity Network, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, General Electric and Tufts University.

The creation of the task forces comes amid news of additional sanctions against Russia for its reported interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, involvement in Syria’s civil war and annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, and also against Iran for ballistic missile activities not covered under the current international nuclear agreement.

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