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Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Trump vs Erdoğan: It’s hard to bluff when your cards are on the table

It is hard to take seriously threats by the US government to ruin the Turkish economy when Trump himself gave this green light in the first place. Under such circumstances, sanctions have almost no chance of succeeding in putting this genie back in the bottle.

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Brian O’Toole is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program. He is an accomplished expert on economic sanctions with substantial experience across public and private sectors.

Brian is the current senior vice president and the anti-money laundering (AML) executive for sanctions at BB&T Bank. In that capacity, he oversees the bank’s sanctions compliance efforts, including standardized screening processes across several dozen lines of business.

Previously, Brian worked at the US Department of the Treasury from 2009 to 2017. During this period, Brian became a senior adviser to the director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). As senior adviser, he helped manage the implementation of all OFAC-administered economic and financial sanctions programs, and provided strategic direction of the internal management of the agency. He additionally played a central role in designing the US sanctions regime in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and negotiating the multilateral sanctions imposed by the European Union and G7 in coordination with the United States. Brian was also a key figure in implementing US government commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.

Prior to joining OFAC, Brian served as an illicit finance analyst for both the Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis and at the Central Intelligence Agency, and was an anticorruption specialist in the forensic services practice at PwC.

Brian holds a BA from Princeton University in economics, with a certificate in finance, and an MA from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in international economics and strategic studies. Brian lives and works in Raleigh, NC.