The House of Lords EU Select Committee has published a report suggesting that the EU should rethink its current foreign and security policy in a number of ways. As regards EU sanctions policy, the Committee’s view is that EU sanctions have had some notable successes. In particular, EU sanctions on Russia have “convincingly deterred further Russian aggression in the eastern neighbourhood”, and sanctions on Iran were “critical in securing a nuclear deal”; sanctions were key in keeping Iran “at the table negotiating in a serious way”. The Committee considers that “the EU will be essential in order to deliver a credible sanctions package” as part of the strategy to resolve the crisis in Syria. The report summarises interesting evidence from a number of witnesses on the use of EU sanctions, in particular relating to Russia.