Due to circumstances beyond our control, the June 20 briefing on “Sanctions and the Costs of War” has been postponed. We will let you know once a new date and time for this event have been determined. We apologize for this last minute change and for any inconvenience caused.

Economists for Peace and Security (EPS) and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Congressional Progressive Caucus (Honorary Co-Host)

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2253
45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515


Jeffrey Sachs, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University

Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)


Lindsay Koshgarian, Program Director, National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies


Economic sanctions that harm civilian populations can cause more deaths and casualties than some wars and are illegal under international laws and treaties which the US has signed.

This session will explore the use of sanctions as a form of warfare that heavily targets the civilian population, and their economic and human cost. Professor Linda Bilmes will provide context for the United States government’s failure to properly quantify the costs of conflicts in the past, as well as how such measurement can take place in the future. Professor Sachs and Dr. Weisbrot will focus on the sanctions in Iran and Venezuela, their impact, rationale, legality, and alternatives.

There will be a livestream available on CEPR's Facebook page

Please RSVP here.

EPS is an organization of economists, social scientists from other fields, and citizens concerned about issues of peace, conflict, war, and the world economy. EPS' Board of Trustees includes Robert Reich, Stephanie Kelton, James K. Galbraith, and nine Nobel laureates, including Joseph Stiglitz, Robert Solow, Oscar Arias, and Amartya Sen.