Sanctions (i.e. restrictive measures) are among the toughest measures adopted by the EU in response to breaches of international norms and to security threats. Recently, stronger and more targeted economic sanctions against Iran and Russia have demonstrated the Union’s strength in the face of grave security policy challenges. The increasingly unilateral and unpredictable US sanctions policy and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU pose challenges to this more forceful approach during times of increasing geopolitical and geo-economic competition. How to strengthen the EU sanctions policy in light of these challenges? What are the implications of developments in the EU sanctions policy for Finland?
The seminar will mark the publication of the study titled Sharpening EU sanctions policy for a geopolitical era. The study is the final report of the research project The development of EU’s sanctions policy: Political and economic implications for Finland, which was conducted jointly by FIIA and ETLA Economic Research as a part of the implementation of the Finland’s Government Plan for Analysis, Assessment and Research (VN TEAS).