U.S. Economic Sanctions

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet during the U.S.-Russia summit in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16, 2021.

Biden Ponders the Sanctions Doomsday Device

Washington has created and tested a powerful toolkit of sanctions—but never applied them at scale.

A man walks past a television screen broadcasting footage of a North Korean missile test at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 14.

Biden’s North Korea Policy Needs Rebooting

A series of missile tests make it plain that carrots don’t work without sticks.

U.S. President Joe Biden

‘Don’t Freaking Test Us’: U.S. Sanctions Alleged Intelligence Operatives Undermining Ukraine

It’s part of an effort to shed light on Russia’s orchestrated campaign to destabilize Kyiv—and even take over Ukraine.

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The Ones and Tooze Podcast: Can the Threat of More U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Save Ukraine?

Also on the showWhy the demand for egg freezing has soared during the pandemic.

A merchant counts Syrian pound notes, bearing a portrait of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at the Bzourieh market in the centre of the Syrian capital Damascus on September 11, 2019.

The Pointlessness of America’s Syria Sanctions

The United States has given up on trying to topple Bashar al-Assad—but continues to punish the Syrian people.


The Problem With Sanctions

From the White House to Turtle Bay, sanctions have never been more popular. But why are they so hard to make work?

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with the NATO secretary-general.

Biden Doesn’t Know What He Thinks About Sanctions

The United States has committed to combatting corruption—but is hesitating to take on Russia.

Soldiers from the Ethiopian National Defense Force ride on a truck in Wichale, Ethiopia, on Dec. 13.

To End Ethiopia’s War, Biden Needs to Correct Course

A one-sided U.S. approach provided political cover to the TPLF insurgency. Washington now has an opportunity to create the conditions for peace.

Iranian ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi gives a news conference after voting in the presidential election, at a polling station in the capital Tehran, on June 18, 2021.

Iran Can’t Afford to Delay a Deal

There should be little doubt in Tehran about the urgent necessity of restoring the nuclear agreement.

A Ukrainian soldier patrols at the checkpoint.

The West Must Deter Russia or Accept Defeat

Putin hasn’t set his sights on just Ukraine. Further destabilization of Georgia is next on his agenda.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Kicking Russia Off of SWIFT Might Not Be the Nuclear Option

But additional economic sanctions under study could be more devastating to Moscow than the last ones were.

A Ukrainian serviceman patrols.

Biden Must Choose Between Appeasement and Deterrence in Ukraine

Russia’s threat on the Ukrainian border is not a bluff, but forceful U.S. financial sanctions could stop Putin from another land grab.

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Ones and Tooze Podcast: How Sanctions Work (and Why They Often Don’t)

Iran has lived with them for years but remains defiant on the nuclear issue.

The exterior of the U.S. Capitol building is seen at sunrise in Washington.

Biden Aims to Quash Nord Stream 2 Sanctions in Defense Bill

The move comes amid a European energy crunch and Russian troops massing on the border with Ukraine.

Then-Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) speaks with other participants at the Iran nuclear talks on Apr. 27, 2021 in Vienna, Austria.

The Threat of War Is the Only Way to Achieve Peace With Iran

Tehran no longer takes Washington seriously. To revive the nuclear deal, the threat of military escalation needs to be on the table.

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Future of Money – Cryptocurrency Database

Regulatory frameworks and approaches analyzed in Part II of this Power Map series have been collected in FPA’s Cryptocurrency Database, a navigable tool developed exclusively for FP Insider.

Iran's President's Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly on September 21, 2021 at U.N. headquarters in New York City.

Iran Turns East

Conservative President Ebrahim Raisi, deeply distrustful of the West, looks to deepen ties with China and Russia.


Sunset for U.N. Sanctions?

How the world came to depend on U.N. punitive measures and why the enforcement system is under threat—the first in a series by FP’s Colum Lynch.

Future of Money - Part 3

Future of Money – Part 3

A comprehensive picture of the forces and actors that are critical to understanding and navigating the future financial system.

Future of Money Part 2

Future of Money – Part 2

The widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies could undermine governments' control over monetary policies and disrupt global finance.