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Four Years of Sanctions: Assessing the Impact
May 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Four years after the U.S. and EU first imposed sanctions against Russia in response to its annexation of Crimea in March 2014, how effective have these sanctions been in changing the regime’s behavior?In 2014, Russia experienced a deep recession as global energy prices precipitously dropped. But in 2018, the World Bank projects that Russia will experience GDP growth of around 1.7 percent and the Central Bank of Russia has effectively managed price stability. However, Russia is having to make painful budget choices and turning increasingly to China for infrastructure financing. As Russia continues its military interventions in Eastern Ukraine and Syria, its malign influence operations across Europe and in the United States, and recently deployed a chemical weapon on NATO territory, it appears that four years of Western sanctions has not altered Russian behavior in its neighborhood and beyond. If anything, Russia has used Western sanctions as a domestic policy tool to nationalize industries while retaining access to the Western financial system. This half-day event will explore the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia and their impact on Russian foreign and security policy. Please join the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy and the Europe Program for two expert panel discussions exploring the impact of sanctions on the Russian economy and its foreign policy, followed by keynote remarks by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). WHEN: Monday, May 7 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm WHERE: Center for Strategic & International Studies 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.csis.org/events/four-years-sanctions-assessing-impact-russian-economy-and-foreign-policy