Sue Eckert is an undergraduate capstone faculty member at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs (2021-2022). She previously served in the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. Government for more than 15 years and researched and taught at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs where she worked with United Nations bodies.
She currently consults with the World Bank, managing its Stakeholder Dialogue on Derisking, an initiative to address financial exclusion of humanitarian nonprofit organizations, based on her previous research for the 2017 report, She also is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington, DC think-tank where she focuses on issues at the intersection of economics and international security – sanctions, AML/CFT policies, and proliferation financing; teaches as a distinguished lecturer at Case Western Reserve Law School in the first master’s degree program in financial integrity; and holds a visiting senior researcher appointment at Kings College London.
She was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration responsible for dual-use export control and sanctions policies. Previously, she was a member of the professional staff of the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she oversaw national security/ nonproliferation, and international economic issues.
From 1998-2016, Ms. Eckert was senior fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, directing projects on U.N. targeted sanctions and terrorist financing. She co-led the Targeted Sanctions Consortium, an international research initiative of more than 50 scholars and practitioners examining the impacts and effectiveness of United Nations targeted sanctions, resulting in the creation of two new databases, a new online tool (SanctionsApp) and the book, Targeted Sanctions: The Impacts and Effectiveness of UN Action.
She has worked extensively with governments and international bodies to enhance instruments of collective security, having co-authored The Compendium of the High Level Review of UN Sanctions, Targeted Financial Sanctions: A Manual for Design and Implementation, and the series of “Watson Reports” addressing due process concerns in sanctions designations, and organized workshops, simulations, and training for the Security Council and Member States.
Ms. Eckert resides in Little Compton, Rhode Island with her husband, Dr. Mark Sawoski and their two children and golden doodle.