Peter E. Harrell, Tom Keatinge, Sarah Lain, and Elizabeth Rosenberg
This report examines Russian aggression and election intrusion, how current and future sanctions can serve as a countermeasure, and how Europe can maintain a united front on sanctions even as the EU and the UK negotiate Brexit. The report also makes a series of recommendations for US and Europe on ensuring sanctions continue to be effective.
The UK Economic Secretary to the Treasury and banks have been criticised by MPs over Britain’s alleged role in a transnational money laundering scheme. However, closer examination shows that combating money laundering may not be as simple as MPs and other critics think.
President Vladimir Putin’s interference in the US election appears to have succeeded in at least heaping ridicule on its electoral system. But that does not mean that President-elect Donald Trump is beholden to Moscow, or that Russia has acquired an ally in the White House.
NatWest’s planned closure of the UK bank accounts of Russia state-funded TV network RT has caused a storm of debate in Moscow. Russia has been quick to accuse the UK government of being behind it, but the most likely driver may be banking compliance matters.
In a move that surprised casual observers, the Swedish Armed Forces announced on 14 September a permanent and immediate deployment of forces to the Baltic island of Gotland. The move reflects a worsening security situation in the region over the longer term.