On 19 October, a report from EU Institute of Strategic Studies notes that, even before the invasion of Ukraine started on 24 February, observers highlighted that most CFSP decisions by the EU concerned the imposition, renewal or updating of sanctions. It says that mainstream analyses typically portray the sanctions regime as unsuccessful. However, most assessments are based on the observation that Moscow has not altered its foreign policy course or withdrawn from Crimea, and continues its military actions in the rest of Ukraine. This Brief proposes an alternative assessment framework –
- To identify the purposes pursued by sanctions and the rationales that guide them; and
- The report relies on a broader set of criteria to produce a more accurate picture of their effectiveness.
The Brief starts by outlining the complex organisation of the EU sanctions regime against Russia, which is divided into several sub-regimes. Next, it investigates the rationale behind sanctions design. Finally, it takes stock of their performance in the case of Russia.
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