2019 was yet another busy year in the area of international sanctions. We analysed sanctions data in order to ascertain what it can tell us about priorities in foreign policy. We found that:
- Sanctions volatility reached a peak in 2019, primarily driven by an increase in updates to OFAC sanctions.
- OFAC both intensified its use of pre-existing sanctions regimes in 2019 and also diversified, adding numerous new regimes.
- The EU and other regulators have not followed suit, with increasing divergence in list size and priorities between OFAC and other major global sanctions programs.
To address the expanding scope of sanctions requirements, while tempering compliance costs and avoiding penalties, sanctions compliance practitioners need fast access to accurate data and sophisticated screening technology from a trusted source.