Assessing the Impact of Sanctions

By Anders Aslund

Anders Åslund is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. His area of research is the economic policy of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe, as well as the broader implications of economic transition. He worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1994 to 2005, first as a senior associate and then from 2003 as director of the Russian and Eurasian Program. He also worked at the Brookings Institution and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. He earned his doctorate from Oxford University. Åslund served as an economic adviser to the governments of Russia in 1991-94 and Ukraine in 1994-97. He was a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and the founding director of the Stockholm Institute of East European Economics. He has worked as a Swedish diplomat in Kuwait, Poland, Geneva, and Moscow. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and an honorary professor of the Kyrgyz National University. He is chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE), Warsaw, and of the Scientific Council of the Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT).

The Cipher Brief sat down with economist Anders Aslund, a former advisor to Russia and Ukraine. Aslund discussed Russia’s economic problems and the state of the current business climate.

TCB: Companies operating in frontier markets like Russia are used to the ups and downs and periods of uncertainty. To what extent is what we’re seeing in Russia–sanctions and a period of prolonged tension with the West–the “new normal?”

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