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Eric B. Lorber

Senior Advisor

Biography:

  Eric B. Lorber, an expert on anti-money laundering policy and terror finance issues, is senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance.  At CSIF, Mr. Lorber works on issues related to economic statecraft, with a particular focus on how China and Russia will increasingly employ economic coercion. He also researches financial sanctions and their impact on the global financial system, as well as the relationship between the private sector and government in achieving national security objectives.

Mr. Lorber is a senior associate at the Financial Integrity Network, where he advises financial clients on issues related to economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, and regulatory compliance. Prior to working at FIN, he was an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he advised clients in the areas of international trade regulation, compliance, and anti-corruption, with particular emphasis and experience assisting clients in complying with the economic sanctions and embargo regulations administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  While in law school, he worked in the Office of Chief Counsel at OFAC and in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crime at the Treasury Department. 

His articles and commentary on sanctions and related issues have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, Reuters, the Irish Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, Cato Unbound, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Middle East Policy Journal, BBC World News, and Voice of America TV, among others.  He has also testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Financial Services Committee on sanctions-related issues.  He was a 2015 Next Generation National Security Leader at the Center for New American Security and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security's Energy, Economics, and Security program, focusing on economic sanctions and financial security.

Mr. Lorber graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received the Noyes E. Leech Award for highest achievement in international law and was a member of the Moot Court Board and a Arthur Littleton and H. Clayton Louderback Legal Writing Instructor.  He graduated from Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude and with departmental honors, and was awarded the Charles Beard Prize for academic achievement.

He is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia and currently maintain a Secret-level security clearance.

Eric B. Lorber, an expert on anti-money laundering policy and terror finance issues, is senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance.  At CSIF, Mr. Lorber works on issues related to economic statecraft, with a particular focus on how China and Russia will increasingly employ economic coercion. He also researches financial sanctions and their impact on the global financial system, as well as the relationship between the private sector and government in achieving national security objectives.

Mr. Lorber is a senior associate at the Financial Integrity Network, where he advises financial clients on issues related to economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, and regulatory compliance. Prior to working at FIN, he was an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he advised clients in the areas of international trade regulation, compliance, and anti-corruption, with particular emphasis and experience assisting clients in complying with the economic sanctions and embargo regulations administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  While in law school, he worked in the Office of Chief Counsel at OFAC and in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crime at the Treasury Department. 

His articles and commentary on sanctions and related issues have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, Reuters, the Irish Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, Cato Unbound, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Middle East Policy Journal, BBC World News, and Voice of America TV, among others.  He has also testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Financial Services Committee on sanctions-related issues.  He was a 2015 Next Generation National Security Leader at the Center for New American Security and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security's Energy, Economics, and Security program, focusing on economic sanctions and financial security.

Mr. Lorber graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received the Noyes E. Leech Award for highest achievement in international law and was a member of the Moot Court Board and a Arthur Littleton and H. Clayton Louderback Legal Writing Instructor.  He graduated from Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude and with departmental honors, and was awarded the Charles Beard Prize for academic achievement.

He is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia and currently maintain a Secret-level security clearance.

President Trump and the Iran Nuclear Deal

16th November 2016 – Foreign Policy

President Trump and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Eric B. Lorber

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office over the coming months, one of the thorniest foreign policy questions he will have to address is what to do about the Iran nuclear deal. During the campaign, then-candidate Trump repeatedly criticized the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for being insufficiently tough and threatened to walk away from the agreement if elected. more...

Analysis & Commentary

31st December 2016 – Voice of America

VOA News

Eric B. Lorber

By refraining from retribution, Putin is smoothing the way for Trump to undo the sanctions, says senior advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Eric Lorber. more...

30th December 2016 – Quoted by Brian Whitmore - Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

Tit But No Tat

Eric B. Lorber

So we had the tit, but not the tat. First, Dmitry Peskov said Russia would respond in kind to the expulsion of its diplomats and other sanctions related to Moscow's alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election. Then, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov went on national television to say he had a list of 35 U.S. diplomats that should be expelled in retaliation and two facilities used by U.S. diplomats and their families that should be closed. more...

30th December 2016 – Quoted by Daniel Schearf - VOA

Trump Praises Putin’s Decision Against Tit-For-Tat Sanctions

Eric B. Lorber

President-elect Donald Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for not retaliating for sanctions imposed Thursday by U.S. President Barack Obama. The sanctions were for interference by Russian intelligence agencies in November's U.S. national election. more...

29th December 2016 – Quoted by Nick Wadhams and Justin Sink - Bloomberg Politics

Trump Must Choose Between Obama Sanctions and Putin Detente

Eric B. Lorber

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin are forcing Donald Trump to pick sides: undo sanctions the U.S. just imposed on Russia for hacking e-mails before last month’s election or set aside a campaign vow to improve relations with Moscow. more...