Posted on 06-11-2009
Filed Under (Foreign Policy) by Rashtrakut

Kevin Drum on the practical limitations the United States has on sanctioning Iran.  With Iran repeatedly backtracking on the recent nuclear deal, recent opinion pieces have touted harsh sanctions to change the regime’s behavior.   The problem with sanctions in recent years from Burma to Zimbabwe has been their limited utility in changing behavior.  But, Iran is more tied into the world, economically and culturally, than either of those two rogue states.   A smart sanction regime could have some effect.  But that is feasible only if Russia and China go along with them.  At present that does not seem likely.

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