On November 3rd, Dr. Clara Portela, from the University of Valencia, the inaugural Konrad Adenauer Visiting Scholar on Transatlantic Relations, presented an EU Policy Talk on the effectiveness of the European Union’s sanctions.

Dr. Portela provided an overview of EU sanctions and how they fit into the global political arena alongside sanctions imposed by international organizations such as the United Nations (UN). Globally, Dr. Portela sees sanctions imposed by three leading international actors – the UN, the EU and the United States. The cumulative number of sanctions regimes imposed by the EU has fluctuated over the years, but the EU has never had less than six sanctions active in its sanctions practice.

Following the introduction, Dr. Portela guided the audience through the methodology behind her most recent research project which can be seen in her PowerPoint presentation below. In the remaining portion of her presentation, Dr. Portela discussed the evolution of sanctions practice and research. Sanctions have become more targeted rather than comprehensive throughout the global political arena to relieve the humanitarian consequences of sanctions and to target elites within the receiving nations.

Photo (left to right): Professor Dr Achim Hurrelmann, Dr Clara Portela, Dr Norbert Eschborn  Photo: Dr Clara Portela research presentation on November 3, 2022, at Carleton University

To read more about Dr. Portela’s findings, you can view Dr. Portela’s PowerPoint presentation slides here and find Dr. Portela’s latest publication here!

On November 30th, Dr. Portela and Dr. Andrea Charron from the University of Manitoba will be speaking at a book launch event hosted by the Centre for European Studies at Carleton University. To find more information and register, click here!

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The EU Policy Talks series is an activity of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Carleton University. The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is funded in part by a grant from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and by Carleton University.