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Peter E. Harrell

Peter E. Harrell

Center for a New American Security
Adjunct Senior Fellow
Washington, DC, USA


Peter E. Harrell is a leading expert on U.S. sanctions and national security law issues. He currently serves as an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where he focuses on the intersection of economics and national security. Current research interests include U.S. sanctions, economic statecraft, foreign investment in the U.S., and energy.

In his role as a policy expert and commentator, Harrell has published numerous articles in leading outlets including Politico, Reuters, and The Hill, has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times, and has appeared on CNN and MSNBC, among other media appearances. Harrell also maintains a private legal practice and has advised leading multinational companies on sanctions compliance and regulatory risk matters.

From 2012-2014, Mr. Harrell served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. In that role, Harrell was instrumental in developing international sanctions against Iran, Russia, and Syria, and in the easing of sanctions on Myanmar.  He also played a leading role in the U.S. government’s efforts to counter terrorist financing, including work to combat the financing of the Islamic State.

Mr. Harrell served on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff from March 2009 to June 2012, where he played a leading role in developing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s economic statecraft agenda. He also worked on a variety of other trade and economic issues, with a particular interest in Asia, and authored and edited sections of the State Department’s first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).

Before joining the State Department, Mr. Harrell served on President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and he previously worked as a reporter. Mr. Harrell is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School.

Peter E. Harrell is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Edward Fishman, Peter E. Harrell, Elizabeth Rosenberg, A Blueprint for New Sanctions on North Korea (July 2017) - Coping with U.S. Export Controls and Sanctions 2017, Tuesday, December 05, 2017
U.S. Sanctions Under the Trump Administration at One Year (October 2017) - Coping with U.S. Export Controls and Sanctions 2017, Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Coping with U.S. Export Controls and Sanctions 2017, Thursday, December 14, 2017, Washington, DC
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