A Review Of US Economic Sanctions In 2018

By Ama Adams, Brendan Hanifin and Emerson Siegle (December 11, 2018, 3:06 PM EST) -- In another landmark year for sanctions developments, the U.S. government strengthened sanctions targeting Iran, Russia and Venezuela, in addition to sanctioning an agency of the Chinese government and completing the second largest sanctions-related enforcement action on record.

Regulatory developments have paved the way for continued, aggressive enforcement of U.S. sanctions in pursuit of national policy objectives, and public reporting suggests that additional major enforcement actions are nearing resolution — setting the stage for an equally tumultuous 2019.

Regulatory Developments

The following section summarizes significant changes in U.S. sanctions policy over the past year.


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