Trump Administration Orders Sanctions to be Imposed on Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad, His Family, and His Associates

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Friday, July 10, 2020
Julia V. Brock

On June 17, 2020, the Trump Administration imposed new sanctions on the Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad. The sanctions are intended to prevent private and foreign investors from supporting reconstruction and revenue-producing efforts in the country, which has been ravaged by a civil war.[1] The stated purpose of the sanctions is to create accountability for the Assad regime’s violence against the Syrian people through the use of diplomatic and coercive economic measures. The Caesar Act was sponsored by Senator James Risch (R-Id.) and signed into action by President Trump in December 2019.  

[1] Karen DeYoung and Sarah Dadouch, Trump Administration Imposes Sanction on Syria’s Assad, His Family and Close Associated, WASHINGTON POST, Jun. 17, 2020,